Is It Time For These Stocks To Shine? Kadant Inc. (KAI) And Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (KRO)

3 analysts out of 4 Wall Street brokerage firms rate Kadant Inc. (NYSE:KAI) as a Buy, while 0 see it as a Sell. The rest 1 describe it as a Hold. KAI stock traded higher to an intra-day high of $87.49. At one point in session, its potential discontinued and the price was down to lows at $85.74. Analysts have set KAI’s consensus price at $115, effectively giving it a 31.91% projection on returns. Should the projected estimates be met, then the stock will likely hit its highest price at $120 (up 37.65% from current price levels). KAI has a 16.7% ROE, higher than the 10.9% average for the industry. The average ROE for the sector is 12.5%.

It is expected that in Jun 2019 quarter KAI will have an EPS of $1.11, suggesting a 3.74% growth. For Sep 2019 is projected at $1.55. It means that there could be a 1.31% growth in the quarter. Yearly earnings are expected to rise by -99.47% to about $5.31. As for the coming year, growth will be about 15.82%, lifting earnings to $6.15. RSI after the last trading period was 35.19. KAI recorded a change of -0.89% over the past week and returned -0.38% over the last three months while the KAI stock’s monthly performance revealed a shift in price of -6.72%. The year to date (YTD) performance stands at 7.02%, and the bi-yearly performance specified an activity trend of -15.1% while the shares have moved -7.94% for the past 12 months.

Kadant Inc. (KAI) currently trades at $87.18, which is higher by 0.41% its previous price. It has a total of 11.16 million outstanding shares, with an ATR of around 2.32. The company’s stock volume dropped to 0.05 million, worse than 69.04 million that represents its 50-day average. A 5-day decrease of about -0.89% in its price means KAI is now 7.02% higher on year-to-date. The shares have surrendered $43370.82 since its $111.85 52-week high price recorded on 24th of September 2018. Overall, it has seen a growth rate of -7.94 over the last 12 months. The current price per share is $10.74 above the 52 week low of $76.44 set on 24th of December 2018.

Kadant Inc. (NYSE:KAI)’s EPS was $1.24 as reported for the March quarter. In comparison, the same quarter a year ago had an EPS of $1.07. That means that its growth in general now stands at 16%. Therefore, a prediction of $1.13 given by the analysts brought a positive surprise of 10%. KAI March quarter revenue was $171.32 million, compared to $149.19 million recorded in same quarter last year, giving it a 15% growth rate. The company’s $22.13 million revenue growth that quarter surprised Wall Street and investors will need to consider this as they assess the stock.

Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:KRO) shares appreciated 0.68% over the last trading period, taking overall 5-day performance up to 6.14%. KRO’s price now at $13.31 is weaker than the 50-day average of $13.96. Getting the trading period increased to 200 days, the stock price was seen at $14.98 on average. The general public currently hold control of a total of 22.46 million shares, which is the number publicly available for trading. The total of shares that it has issued to investors is 112.13 million. The company’s management holds a total of 80.63%, while institutional investors hold about 21.3% of the remaining shares. KRO share price finished last trade -2.39% below its 20 day simple moving average and its downbeat gap from 200 day simple moving average is -11.41%, while closing the session with -4.91% distance from 50 day simple moving average.

Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (KRO) shares were last observed trading -48.71% down since May 23, 2018 when the peak of $25.95 was hit. Last month’s price growth of -8.65% puts KRO performance for the year now at 15.54%. Consequently, the shares price is trending higher by 26.64%, a 52-week worst price since Dec. 26, 2018. However, it is losing value with -1.41% 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 $12.84 and $13.08. The immediate resistance area is now $13.48 Williams’s %R (14) for KRO moved to 46.3 while the stochastic %K points at 39.44.

KRO’s beta is 2; meaning investors could reap higher returns, although it also poses higher risks. The company allocated $1.77 per share from its yearly profit to its outstanding shares. Its last reported revenue is $436.5 million, which was 1% versus $430.4 million in the corresponding quarter last year. The EPS for Mar 19 quarter came in at $0.26 compared to $0.61 in the year-ago quarter and had represented -57% year-over-year earnings per share growth. KRO’s ROA is 8.6%, higher than the 7.21% 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 8.77%.

Estimated quarterly earnings for Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:KRO) are around $0.39 per share in three months through June with $0.35 also the estimate for September quarter of the fiscal year. It means the growth is estimated at -41.79% and 25%, respectively. Analysts estimate full-year growth to be -36.16%, the target being $1.13 a share. The upcoming year will see an increase in growth by percentage to 30.97%, more likely to see it hit the $1.48 per share. The firm’s current profit margin over the past 12 months is 9.9%. KRO ranks higher in comparison to an average of 8.09% for industry peers; while the average for the sector is 6.94%.