Treehouse Foods, Inc. (THS) recently pulled back to a key level of support after hitting a new multi-year high above $50 in mid June. With a solid 16% earnings surprise from early May and a bullish next-year projection of 13%, this company and its shares have some solid upward momentum.
Shares of THS got a boost in early May when the company reported better than expected Q1 results. Revenue for the period was up 12% from last year to $397 million. Earnings also came in strong at 59 cents, 16% ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Treehouse has been very solid over the last year, with an average earnings surprise of 21% over four quarters.
On the earnings call, CEO Sam Reed touched on the growth of private label food providers, saying, “Our strong first-quarter results support our belief that private label will continue to grow twice as fast as brands, as it has for the last two decades.”
Looking forward, the company said that although it expects input costs to continue rising, it shouldn’t have any material impact on earnings.
The encouraging tone and higher guidance lifted estimates, with the current year adding 3 cents to $2.72 and the next year also adding 3 cents to $3.06, a solid 13% growth projection.
With some nice gains in hand, shares are trading at a premium to their peers, with a forward P/E multiple of 17X against 15X.
THS hit a new multi-year high in mid June before pulling back to a key level of support on general market weakness. The stochastic below the chart is indicating that THS is trading in over sold territory, take a look below.
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