Updated Investment Thesis On Hillenbrand, Inc. (HI), Sonoco Products Company (SON)

2 analysts out of 2 Wall Street brokerage firms rate Hillenbrand, Inc. (NYSE:HI) as a Buy, while 0 see it as a Sell. The rest 0 describe it as a Hold. HI stock traded higher to an intra-day high of $43.84. At one point in session, its potential discontinued and the price was down to lows at $43.08. Analysts have set HI’s consensus price at $52, effectively giving it a 20.4% projection on returns. Should the projected estimates be met, then the stock will likely hit its highest price at $52 (up 20.4% from current price levels). HI has a 12.1% ROE, higher than the 11.37% average for the industry. The average ROE for the sector is 12.25%.

Yearly earnings are expected to rise by 4.12% to about $2.53. RSI after the last trading period was 48.16. HI recorded a change of -3.53% over the past week and returned -2.53% over the last three months while the HI stock’s monthly performance revealed a shift in price of 0.28%. The year to date (YTD) performance stands at 13.87%, and the bi-yearly performance specified an activity trend of -15.56% while the shares have moved -3.27% for the past 12 months.

Hillenbrand, Inc. (HI) currently trades at $43.19, which is lower by -1.1% its previous price. It has a total of 63.21 million outstanding shares, with an ATR of around 0.74. The company’s stock volume dropped to 0.31 million, worse than 309.05 thousands that represents its 50-day average. A 5-day decrease of about -3.53% in its price means HI is now 13.87% higher on year-to-date. The shares have surrendered $43416.81 since its $53.41 52-week high price recorded on 3rd of October 2018. Overall, it has seen a growth rate of -3.27 over the last 12 months. The current price per share is $6.97 above the 52 week low of $36.22 set on 26th of December 2018.

Hillenbrand, Inc. (NYSE:HI)’s EPS was $0.49 as reported for the December quarter. In comparison, the same quarter a year ago had an EPS of $0.54. That means that its growth in general now stands at -9%. Therefore, a prediction of $0.44 given by the analysts brought a positive surprise of 11%. HI Dec 19 quarter revenue was $410.3 million, compared to $397.2 million recorded in same quarter last year, giving it a 3% growth rate. The company’s $13.1 million revenue growth that quarter surprised Wall Street and investors will need to consider this as they assess the stock.

Sonoco Products Company (NYSE:SON) shares depreciated -0.82% over the last trading period, taking overall 5-day performance up to 0.95%. SON’s price now at $58.3 is greater than the 50-day average of $56.13. Getting the trading period increased to 200 days, the stock price was seen at $55.12 on average. The general public currently hold control of a total of 98.12 million shares, which is the number publicly available for trading. The total of shares that it has issued to investors is 99.57 million. The company’s management holds a total of 1%, while institutional investors hold about 77.2% of the remaining shares. SON share price finished last trade -1.37% below its 20 day simple moving average and its upbeat gap from 200 day simple moving average is 5.84%, while closing the session with 4.06% distance from 50 day simple moving average.

Sonoco Products Company (SON) shares were last observed trading -5.65% down since February 14, 2019 when the peak of $61.79 was hit. Last month’s price growth of 0.87% puts SON performance for the year now at 9.73%. Consequently, the shares price is trending higher by 25.24%, a 52-week worst price since Mar. 22, 2018. However, it is regaining value with 4.03% in the last 6 months. From a technical perspective, it appears more likely that the stock will experience a Bull Run market as a result of the strong support seen recently between $57.56 and $57.93. The immediate resistance area is now $58.94 Williams’s %R (14) for SON moved to 78.78 while the stochastic %K points at 28.97.

SON’s beta is 0.99; meaning investors could reap lower returns, although it also poses lower risks. The company allocated $3.1 per share from its yearly profit to its outstanding shares. Its last reported revenue is $1.36 billion, which was 4% versus $1.3 billion in the corresponding quarter last year. The EPS for Dec 19 quarter came in at $0.84 compared to $0.72 in the year-ago quarter and had represented 17% year-over-year earnings per share growth. SON’s ROA is 5.2%, higher than the 2.68% industry average. Although a more robust percentage would be better, consideration is given to how well peers within the industry performed. Companies within the sector had an ROA of 5.43%.

Estimated quarterly earnings for Sonoco Products Company (NYSE:SON) are around $0.8 per share in three months through March with $0.97 also the estimate for June quarter of the fiscal year. It means the growth is estimated at 8.11% and 4.3%, respectively. Analysts estimate full-year growth to be 4.15%, the target being $3.51 a share. The upcoming year will see an increase in growth by percentage to 3.99%, more likely to see it hit the $3.65 per share. The firm’s current profit margin over the past 12 months is 4.5%. SON ranks higher in comparison to an average of 3.01% for industry peers; while the average for the sector is 7.37%.