A Look at Compania Cervecerias Unidas S.A. (CCU) Shares in the Recent Past Indicates Growth

Compania Cervecerias Unidas S.A. (NYSE: CCU) stock jumped 12.29% on Wednesday to $10.78 against a previous-day closing price of $9.60. With 0.69 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained heavier than its average volume of 0.33 million shares. During the session, the Beverages – Brewers company that operates in wider Consumer Defensive sector, reached to the highest price of $10.87 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $10.11. The 52-week range on CCU shows that it touched its highest point at $18.26 and its lowest point at $9.31 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $13.07. With its current market cap of 2.07 billion, CCU has annualized dividend of $2.02 while the current yield stands at 18.69%. Beta for the stock currently stands at 0.85.

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Price Performance and Earnings:

Stock performance is one of the indicators that investors use to determine whether they will profit from a stock. The price performance of CCU was up-trending over the past week, with a rise of 8.34%, but this was down by -4.35% over a month. Three-month performance dropped to -14.51% while six-month performance fell -28.66%. The stock lost -33.85% in the past year, while it has lost -34.31% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for CCU yields 0.97 with Next year EPS estimates of 0.86. For the next quarter, that number is 0.07. This implies an EPS growth rate of 107.10% for this year and 21.10% for next year. EPS is expected to decline by -3.70% annually over the next five years; however, over the past five years, the company experienced an annual growth rate of 11.00%.

Float and Shares Shorts:

At present, 184.75 million CCU shares are outstanding with a float of 63.06 million shares on hand for trading. On Jul 14, 2022, short shares totaled 0.71 million, which was 0.38% higher than short shares on Jun 14, 2022. In addition to Mr. Patricio Jottar Nasrallah as the firm’s Chief Exec. Officer, Mr. Felipe Dubernet serves as its Chief Financial Officer.

Institutional Ownership:

Through their ownership of 19.35% of CCU’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have minority control over the company. Other institutions hold 4.54% of CCU, in contrast to 14.22% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for –. As the largest shareholder in CCU with 7.82% of the stake, First Eagle Investment Management holds 14,449,367 shares worth 14,449,367. A second-largest stockholder of CCU, Mawer Investment Management Ltd., holds 9,844,032 shares, controlling over 5.33% of the firm’s shares. Discerene Group LP is the third largest shareholder in CCU, holding 745,661 shares or 0.40% stake. With a 5.08% stake in CCU, the First Eagle Overseas Fund is the largest stakeholder. A total of 9,392,572 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The Mawer Global Small Cap Fund, which owns about 1.56% of CCU stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 2,884,856 shares valued at 31.53 million. Mawer Global Equity Fund holds 1.40% of the stake in CCU, owning 2,593,415 shares worth 28.35 million.

Analysts Ratings:

Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for CCU since 10 analysts follow the stock currently. There are 3 analysts who recommend BUY ratings, while 0 suggest SELL ratings. Of the remaining analysts, 6 believe that the stock is worth HOLDING, 0 give it an OVERWEIGHT rating, and 1 thinks that it’s UNDERWEIGHT. In the same way, a target price assigned to a stock can also reveal much about its potential. With CCU analysts setting a high price target of $17,000.00 and a low target of $8,981.96, the average target price over the next 12 months is $13,230.20. Based on these targets, CCU could surge 157599.44% to reach the target high and rise by 83220.59% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 122629.13% from current levels.

EPS: Estimates vs Actual

It is also common to use earnings estimates to evaluate a firm’s growth potential and to determine trading strategy. CCU will report FY 2022 earnings on 03/01/2023. Analysts have provided yearly estimates in a range of $931.72 being high and $395.00 being low. For CCU, this leads to a yearly average estimate of $671.89. The earnings surprise of a firm occurs when the actual results change from the consensus earnings estimate. Compania Cervecerias Unidas S.A. surprised analysts by -$0.09 when it reported -$0.06 EPS against a consensus estimate of $0.02. The surprise factor in the prior quarter was $0.05. Based on analyst estimates, the high estimate for the next quarter is $116.99 and the low estimate is $112.56. The average estimate for the next quarter is thus $114.78.

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