Genuine Parts Company [NYSE:GPC]: Analyst Rating and Earnings

Equities traders often pay a significant amount of attention to what top market analysts have to say about a potential stock investment. In regards to Genuine Parts Company [GPC], the most recent average analyst recommendation we can read comes from the fiscal quarter ending in December. On average, stock market experts give GPC an Hold rating. The average 12-month price forecast for this stock is $100.44, with the high estimate being $111.00, the low estimate being $85.00 and the median estimate amounting to $101.00. This is compared to its latest closing price of $96.21.

Wall Street analysts provide their ratings on a scale of 1 to 5, and the current average score for Genuine Parts Company [GPC] is sitting at 2.89. This is compared to 1 month ago, when its average rating was 3.00.

For the quarter ending in Sep-18 Genuine Parts Company [GPC] generated $4.72 billion in sales. That’s 0.67% lower than the average estimate of $4.75 billion as provided by Wall Street analysts. The three indicators above suggest that overall, this stock is demonstrating a mixed bag of positive appeal and some drawbacks, making it a somewhat risky investment that also has the potential to generate high ROI in the long run.

Keep your eyes on this company’s next financial results, which are scheduled to be made public on Tue 19 Feb (In 39 Days).

Fundamental Analysis of Genuine Parts Company [GPC]

Now let’s turn to look at profitability: with a current Operating Margin for Genuine Parts Company [GPC] sitting at +6.25 and its Gross Margin at +29.06, this company’s Net Margin is now 4.00%. These metrics indicate that this company is not generating as much profit, after accounting for expenses, compared to its market peers.

This company’s Return on Total Capital is 18.73, and its Return on Invested Capital has reached 10.10%. Its Return on Equity is 18.67, and its Return on Assets is 5.80. These metrics all suggest that Genuine Parts Company is doing well at using the money it earns to generate returns.

Turning to investigate this organization’s capital structure, Genuine Parts Company [GPC] has generated a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio of 96.73. Similarly, its Total Debt to Total Capital is 49.17, while its Total Debt to Total Assets stands at 26.59. Looking toward the future, this publicly-traded company’s Long-Term Debt to Equity is 76.37, and its Long-Term Debt to Total Capital is 38.82. This company is not leveraging its assets to take on debt, which stunts its growth and limits the ROI for investors.

What about valuation? This company’s Enterprise Value to EBITDA is 14.11 and its Total Debt to EBITDA Value is 2.78. The Enterprise Value to Sales for this firm is now 0.91, and its Total Debt to Enterprise Value stands at 0.19. Genuine Parts Company [GPC] has a Price to Book Ratio of 4.08, a Price to Cash Flow Ratio of 17.22 and P/E Ratio of 19.57. These metrics all suggest that Genuine Parts Company is more likely to generate a positive ROI.

Shifting the focus to workforce efficiency, Genuine Parts Company [GPC] earns $339,767 for each employee under its payroll. Similarly, this company’s Receivables Turnover is 7.48 and its Total Asset Turnover is 1.53. This publicly-traded organization’s liquidity data is also interesting: its Quick Ratio is 0.65 and its Current Ratio is 1.34. This company is not investing its short-term assets in an optimally efficient way, making it a riskier investment.

Performance Indicators

Let’s now turn our attention to trading performance: Genuine Parts Company [GPC] has 148.32M shares outstanding, amounting to a total market cap of $14.40B. Its stock price has been found in the range of 85.80 to 107.75. At its current price, it has moved by -9.92% from its 52-week high, and it has moved 13.12% from its 52-week low.

This stock’s Beta value is currently 1.10, which indicates that it is more volatile that the wider market. This stock’s Relative Strength Index (RSI) is at 51.62. This RSI score is good, suggesting this stock is neither overbought or oversold.

Conclusion: Is Genuine Parts Company [GPC] a Reliable Buy?

Genuine Parts Company [GPC] stock is presenting a less attractive investment opportunity when compared to similarly-sized corporations in the same industry. The price performance of these shares has not shown much promise, and the financial results that this company has recently delivered present a highly risky investment.