Aggressive Growth: TPC Group (TPCG)

TPC Group Inc. (TPCG) estimates are popping after the latest quarterly report. Shares are soaring, but those estimate revisions have valuations at very attractive levels.

Company Description

TPC Group makes a variety of chemicals for performance, specialty and intermediate markets. Products include synthetic rubber, fuels, lubricant additives, plastics and surfactants.

Revenue Doubles

On Sep 17 TPC Group reported fiscal 2010 fourth-quarter results that included a 104% jump in revenue from the same period last year, to $532 million. Sequentially the top line grew 33%.

Net income more than tripled since last year, to $14.4 million from $4.1 million and up from $7.8 million in the fiscal third quarter. Earnings per share came in at 80 cents, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a quarter.

Estimates Jump

After the earnings release the covering analyst that reports to Zacks upped their full-year estimates substantially. The fiscal 2011 estimate is now $2.25, up from $1.77. Next year’s forecast is $2.91, up from $2.17. If TPC Group meets these expectations the annual growth rates will be 108% and 29%.

And a Good Value

Shares of TPCG are trading at just 12 times the forward estimate, thanks to the upward revision. The PEG ratio of 0.4 shows a deep discount on those growth rates.

The price to sales ratio is just 0.29, which is well ahead of its peers that average 0.94.

The Chart

Stocks that shoot up this much, this fast can be tough for investors to buy, fearing they missed the party. But, keep those excellent valuations and growth rates in mind. There is still plenty of upside for this Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy)

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