AZZ (AZZ) stock price: what can you expect?

3:53 am ET, 03 Mar 2019

AZZ Inc. (AZZ) shares are trading at $46.16. The company has been getting some press lately, supposedly because several hedge funds have picked it up. 

For those of you who are not in the know, AZZ may not be the most exciting company out there.  It provides galvanizing and welding solutions, specialty electrical equipment, and engineering services. It operates under two segments: energy and metal coatings. 

Is the increase in enthusiasm from smart money a good thing?  It's hard to tell... as they say, you should be wary about following the hedge fund guys.  Your timing might be off.

AZZ was in 14 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2018.  Last year the company won a contract from a Chinese vendor for a gas-insulated line worth $50 million.

The company has outperformed analyst expectations in the recent quarters. But some investors think AZZ lacks a solid strategy. 

So what is the sentiment towards the AZZ stock? Our technical analysis shows that:

  • The stock short-term sentiment (next 30 days) is trending negative;
  • The mid-term sentiment (3-6 months) is trending positive;
  • The long-term sentiment (9-12 months) is trending positive. 

Over the last month, AZZ Inc. (AZZ) returned +3.92%, however trailing the industry and sector averages.AZZ Inc. (AZZ) average analyst price target ($51.00) is 10.49% above its current price ($46.16).

For the latest information and insights on AZZ Inc., please visit Finstead and type "AZZ", "AZZ stats" or "AZZ review".  Or ask us any other question about this stock. 

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AZZ earnings: time to shape up?

5:29 pm ET, 26 Jun 2018

AZZ Inc. (AZZ) is expected to report earnings on July 2 before the market opens.   The shares are trading at 44.55, up 1.6% from yesterday.

What are the AZZ earnings expectations?  What news will the market be watching out for?   

AZZ has developed a negative momentum over the last couple of years.  The acquisitions of Nuclear Logistics and Aquilex have been questioned by Wall Street analysts.  Investors expect to see goodwill impairments this year and next year related to those acquisitions. CEO Tom Ferguson and CFO Paul Fehlman have managed to avoid backlash for value-destructive acquisitions, thanks to the absence of activist investors. 

AZZ also has a history of missing analysts’ earnings estimates.  In the past four quarters, the company: 

  • Missed analyst EPS estimates by 10 cents ($.51 actuals vs. $.61 forecast) in FQ1’18;
  • Missed analyst EPS estimates by 9 cents ($.32 actuals vs. $.41 forecast) in FQ2’18;
  • Missed analyst EPS estimates by 3 cents ($.37 actuals vs. $.40 forecast) in FQ3’18;
  • Missed analyst EPS estimates by 39 cents ($0 actuals vs. $.39 forecast) in FQ4’18;

For FQ1’19, EPS is expected to grow by 6% year-over-year to $.54, while revenue is expected to grow 5% year-over-year to $219 million.  Galvanization has been performing well, but the Electrical segment is unlikely to turn a profit over the next four quarters.

Over the last month, AZZ Inc. (AZZ) returned +3.6%.

AZZ Inc. (AZZ) average analyst price target ($46.50) is 4.38% above its current price ($44.55).

For the latest price and information on AZZ Inc., please visit Finstead and search for "AZZ price" or "AZZ news".

AZZ Inc. (AZZ) Stock Guide

Updated at: 11:57 am ET, 17 Sep 2020

Before we start: if you're looking for AZZ stock price, you can quickly find it out by visiting Finny and typing "AZZ quote". If you're looking for a quick scoop on AZZ stock (chart, price target, market cap, news and buy or sell analysis), go to Finny and look for "AZZ". You'll get all this info in one place. Or you can just type "AZZ news" to get the latest stock news.

Looking to buy or sell AZZ Inc. (AZZ)? Interested in getting the full scoop on AZZ, including earnings and dividends, stock forecast, buy or sell analysis and key stats? If so, you came to the right place.

In this AZZ stock guide, we'll address key questions about AZZ, above and beyond what you can find on Yahoo Finance, Zacks, MarketWatch or Morningstar.

Here is what you'll be able to find in this guide:

Earnings and Dividends: earnings, earnings date, dividend rate and dividend yield;
Analyst Predictions: stock forecast and analyst ratings;
Analysis: Finny Score and buy or sell analysis;
Key Stats: revenue, market cap, revenue growth, profit margin, P/E ratio, P/B ratio, industry, sector, and number of employees.

And here is the list of questions we'll answer:
1. What are AZZ earnings?
2. What is AZZ dividend?
3. What is AZZ dividend yield?
4. What is AZZ stock forecast (i.e., prediction)?
5. AZZ buy or sell? What is AZZ Finny Score?
6. What are the reasons to buy AZZ? Why should I buy AZZ stock?
7. What are the reasons to sell AZZ? Why should I sell AZZ stock?
8. What are AZZ key stats: revenue, market cap, revenue growth, profit margin, P/E ratio, P/B ratio industry, sector, and number of employees?

So let's start. Scroll down to the question that interests you the most.

Earnings and Dividends

1. What are AZZ earnings?

AZZ trailing 12-month earnings per share (EPS) is $1.24.

2. What is AZZ dividend?

AZZ forward dividend is $0.68.

3. What is AZZ dividend yield?

AZZ forward dividend yield is 1.96%.

Analyst Predictions

4. What is AZZ stock forecast (i.e., prediction)?

Based on AZZ analyst price targets, AZZ stock forecast is $44.25 (for a year from now). That means the average analyst price target for AZZ stock is $44.25. The prediction is based on 3 analyst estimates.

The low price target for AZZ is $40.50, while the high price target is $48.00.

AZZ analyst rating is Hold.

Analysis

5. AZZ buy or sell? What is AZZ Finny Score?

#{finnyScore:60}Our quantitative analysis shows 6 reasons to buy and 4 reasons to sell AZZ, resulting in Finny Score of 60.

6. What are the reasons to buy AZZ? Why should I buy AZZ stock?

Here are the reasons to buy AZZ stock:

  • AZZ forward dividend yield is 1.96%, higher than the industry (0.70%) and sector (0.49%) forward dividend yields. See AZZ forward dividend chart.
  • AZZ forward P/E ratio is 12.38, which is low compared to its industry peers’ P/E ratios. See AZZ forward P/E ratio chart.
  • AZZ Price/Book ratio is 1.45, which is low compared to its industry peers’ P/B ratios. See AZZ forward Price/Book ratio chart.
  • AZZ PEG ratio (P/E adjusted for growth) is 1.71, which is low compared to its industry peers’ PEG ratios. See AZZ PEG chart.
  • AZZ average analyst price target ($44.25) is above its current price ($34.91). See AZZ price target chart.
  • AZZ Enterprise Value/Revenue multiple is 1.16, which is low compared to its industry peers’ Enterprise Value/Revenue multiples. See AZZ Enterprise Value/Revenue chart.

7. What are the reasons to sell AZZ? Why should I sell AZZ stock?

Let's look at the reasons to sell AZZ stock (i.e., the bear case):

  • AZZ quarterly revenue growth was -26.20%, lower than the industry and sector average revenue growth (1.03% and 1.01%, respectively). See AZZ revenue growth chart.
  • AZZ profitability is declining. The YoY profit margin change was -0.05 percentage points. See AZZ profitability chart.
  • AZZ short interest (days to cover the shorts) ratio is 2.77. The stock garners more short interest than the average industry, sector or S&P 500 stock. See AZZ short interest ratio chart.
  • AZZ cash to debt ratio is 0.10, lower than the average industry (0.15) and sector (0.12) cash to debt ratio. See AZZ cash to debt chart.

Key Stats

8. What are AZZ key stats : revenue, market cap, revenue growth, profit margin, P/E ratio, P/B ratio industry, sector, and number of employees?

Let's look at the key statistics for AZZ:

Metrics AZZ
Price $34.28
Average Price Target / Upside $44.25 / 29.08%
Average Analyst Rating Hold
Forward Dividend Yield 1.96%
Industry Diversified Industrials
Sector Industrials
Number of Employees 3,650
Market Cap $920.75M
Forward P/E Ratio 12.38
Price/Book Ratio 0.93
Revenue (TTM) $985.99M
YoY Quarterly Revenue Growth -26.20%
Profit Margin 3.29%

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