Is AutoZone Stock Undervalued or Overvalued Before Earnings?
AutoZone (NYSE: AZO) is a $16 billion company today. Investors that bought shares one year ago are sitting on a -26.09% total return. That's below the S&P 500's return of 15.11%.
AutoZone stock is underperforming the market. It's beaten down, but it reports earnings soon. So is it a good time to buy? To answer this question, we've turned to the Investment U Stock Grader. Our Research Team built this system to diagnose the financial health of a company.
Our system looks at six key metrics...
✗ Earnings-per-Share (EPS) Growth: AutoZone reported a recent EPS growth rate of 6.46%. That's below the specialty retail industry average of 35.04%. That's not a good sign. We like to see companies that have higher earnings growth.
✓ Price-to-Earnings (P/E): The average price-to-earnings ratio of the specialty retail industry is 22. And AutoZone's ratio comes in at 12.53. It's trading at a better value than many of its competitors.
✗ Debt-to-Equity : The average price-to-earnings ratio of the specialty retail industry is 22. And AutoZone's ratio comes in at 12.53. It's trading at a better value than many of its competitors.
✗ Free Cash Flow per Share Growth : AutoZone's FCF has been lower than that of its competitors over the last year. That's not good for investors. In general, if a company is growing its FCF, it will be able to pay down debt, buy back stock, pay out more in dividends and/or invest money back into the business to help boost growth. It's one of our most important fundamental factors.
✓ Profit Margins : The profit margin of AutoZone comes in at 12.67% today. And generally, the higher, the better. We also like to see this margin above that of its competitors. AutoZone's profit margin is above the specialty retail average of 6.82%. So that's a positive indicator for investors.
✗ Return on Equity : Return on equity gives us a look at the amount of net income returned to shareholders. The ROE for AutoZone is -70.08%, and that's below its industry average ROE of 21.53%.
AutoZone stock passes two of our six key metrics today. That's why our Investment U Stock Grader rates it as a Hold With Caution.
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