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Will Sierra Bancorp (BSRR) Gain on Rising Earnings Estimates?

Sierra Bancorp (BSRR) appears an attractive pick given a noticeable improvement in the company's earnings outlook. The stock has been a strong performer lately, and the momentum might continue with analysts still raising their earnings estimates for the company.

The rising trend in estimate revisions, which is a result of growing analyst optimism on the earnings prospects of this parent company of Bank of the Sierra, should get reflected in its stock price. After all, empirical research shows a strong correlation between trends in earnings estimate revisions and near-term stock price movements. Our stock rating tool -- the Zacks Rank -- is principally built on this insight.

The five-grade Zacks Rank system, which ranges from a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) to a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell), has an impressive externally-audited track record of outperformance, with Zacks #1 Ranked stocks generating an average annual return of +25% since 2008.

For Sierra Bancorp, strong agreement among the covering analysts in revising earnings estimates upward has resulted in meaningful improvement in consensus estimates for the next quarter and full year.

The chart below shows the evolution of forward 12-month Zacks Consensus EPS estimate:

12 Month EPS

Current-Quarter Estimate Revisions

The company is expected to earn $0.59 per share for the current quarter, which represents a year-over-year change of -1.67%.

Over the last 30 days, three estimates have moved higher for Sierra Bancorp compared to no negative revisions. As a result, the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased 36.43%.

Current-Year Estimate Revisions

The company is expected to earn $2.29 per share for the full year, which represents a change of -1.72% from the prior-year number.

In terms of estimate revisions, the trend for the current year also appears quite encouraging for Sierra Bancorp. Over the past month, four estimates have moved higher compared to no negative revisions, helping the consensus estimate increase 17.11%.

Favorable Zacks Rank

Thanks to promising estimate revisions, Sierra Bancorp currently carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The Zacks Rank is a tried-and-tested rating tool that helps investors effectively harness the power of earnings estimate revisions and make the right investment decision. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Our research shows that stocks with Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and 2 (Buy) significantly outperform the S&P 500.

Bottom Line

While strong estimate revisions for Sierra Bancorp have attracted decent investments and pushed the stock 28.4% higher over the past four weeks, further upside may still be left in the stock. So, you may consider adding it to your portfolio right away.


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