With a bullish next-year estimate and attractive valuation, this Zacks #1 rank stock is more than change in momentums pocket.
Southern Copper is one of the worlds largest copper companies, with operations in Peru, Mexico and Chile and a market cap of $44 billion. It has been in business since 1952 and is based out of Phoenix, AZ.
With copper prices reaching for the sky, it doesnt take a genius to figure out copper companies should be killing it. That was on display in late October when Southern Copper reported another strong quarter.
Revenue for the period was up 10% from last year to $1.28 billion. Although earnings fell 5 cents short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate, income was still up 17% from last year. The good quarter was driven by a simple combination of higher prices and increased production, up 4.1% from last year to 125,193 million tons.
Looking forward, SCCO has some hedges in place to temper volatility, but with more than 85% of the companys total 2011 production tied to cash prices, higher copper prices will hit the bottom line.
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Southern Copper will also benefit from a strong financial profile, with more than $2.2 billion in cash and equivalents on the balance sheet. Its total debt load of $2.7 billion in light of its valuation and asset base.
Weve seen some weakness in the current-year estimate over the last few months on some special charges, but the next-year estimate is up nicely to $3.21, a bullish 80% growth projection.
Although SCCO does trade at a premium to its peers, its PEG ratio of .18 is well below the value benchmark of 1.