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TTEC (TTEC) Soars to 52-Week High, Time to Cash Out?

Have you been paying attention to shares of TeleTech Holdings (TTEC)? Shares have been on the move with the stock up 12.9% over the past month. The stock hit a new 52-week high of $109.95 in the previous session. TeleTech Holdings has gained 44.4% since the start of the year compared to the 0.4% move for the Zacks Business Services sector and the -0.8% return for the Zacks Technology Services industry.

What's Driving the Outperformance?

The stock has a great record of positive earnings surprises, as it hasn't missed our earnings consensus estimate in any of the last four quarters. In its last earnings report on March 1, 2021, TTEC reported EPS of $1.22 versus consensus estimate of $0.7.

For the current fiscal year, TTEC is expected to post earnings of $4.16 per share on $2.17 billion in revenues. This represents an 8.9% change in EPS on a 11.09% change in revenues. For the next fiscal year, the company is expected to earn $4.43 per share on $2.34 billion in revenues. This represents a year-over-year change of 6.54% and 8.14%, respectively.

Valuation Metrics

TTEC may be at a 52-week high right now, but what might the future hold for the stock? A key aspect of this question is taking a look at valuation metrics in order to determine if the company has run ahead of itself.

On this front, we can look at the Zacks Style Scores, as these give investors a variety of ways to comb through stocks (beyond looking at the Zacks Rank of a security). These styles are represented by grades running from A to F in the categories of Value, Growth, and Momentum, while there is a combined VGM Score as well. The idea behind the style scores is to help investors pick the most appropriate Zacks Rank stocks based on their individual investment style.

TTEC has a Value Score of D. The stock's Growth and Momentum Scores are A and C, respectively, giving the company a VGM Score of B.

In terms of its value breakdown, the stock currently trades at 25.3X current fiscal year EPS estimates. On a trailing cash flow basis, the stock currently trades at 19.4X versus its peer group's average of 17.8X. Additionally, the stock has a PEG ratio of 1.72. This isn't enough to put the company in the top echelon of all stocks we cover from a value perspective.

Zacks Rank

We also need to consider the stock's Zacks Rank, as this supersedes any trend on the style score front. Fortunately, TTEC currently has a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy) thanks to rising earnings estimates.

Since we recommend that investors select stocks carrying Zacks Rank of 1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) and Style Scores of A or B, it looks as if TTEC meets the list of requirements. Thus, it seems as though TTEC shares could have a bit more room to run in the near term.

How Does TTEC Stack Up to the Competition?

Shares of TTEC have been rising, and the company still appears to be a decent choice, but what about the rest of the industry? Some of its industry peers are also impressive, including KLDiscovery (KLDI), Evoqua Water Technologies (AQUA), and Rocket Companies (RKT), all of which currently have a Zacks Rank of at least #2 and a VGM Score of at least B, making them well-rounded choices.

However, it is worth noting that the Zacks Industry Rank for this group is in the bottom half of the ranking, so it isn't all good news for TTEC. Still, the fundamentals for TTEC are promising, and it still has potential despite being at a 52-week high.


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