Is Sanderson Farms Stock Undervalued or Overvalued Before Earnings?

by Rob Otman
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Sanderson Farms (Nasdaq: SAFM) is a $4 billion company today. Investors that bought shares one year ago are sitting on a 113.97% total return. That's above the S&P 500's return of 22.88%.

Sanderson Farms stock is beating the market, and it reports earnings soon. But does that make it a good buy today? 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: Sanderson Farms reported a recent EPS growth rate of 110.33%. That's above the food products industry average of 20.89%. That's a great sign. Sanderson Farms’ earnings growth is outpacing that of its competitors.

Price-to-Earnings (P/E): The average price-to-earnings ratio of the food products industry is 27.64. And Sanderson Farms’ ratio comes in at 13.93. It's trading at a better value than many of its competitors.

Debt-to-Equity The debt-to-equity ratio for Sanderson Farms stock is 0%. That's below the food products industry average of 48.10%. The company is less leveraged.

Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Sanderson Farms’ FCF has been higher than that of its competitors over the last year. That's 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 Sanderson Farms comes in at 12.43% today. And generally, the higher, the better. We also like to see this margin above that of its competitors. Sanderson Farms’ profit margin is above the food products average of 6.43%. 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 Sanderson Farms is 21.99%, and that's above its industry average ROE of 16.24%.

Sanderson Farms stock passes six of our six key metrics today. That's why our Investment U Stock Grader rates it as a Strong Buy.

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