Strong Q3 2021 Earnings To Drive Procter & Gamble Stock To Recent Highs

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Up only around 35% from its low in March 2020, at the current price of $131 per share, we believe Procter & Gamble stock (NYSE: PG) has strong upside potential. P&G stock has increased from $98 to $131 off the recent bottom, much less than the S&P which increased by around 85% from its lows. Further, the stock is up only 2% from the level it was at before the pandemic, and we believe that P&G stock could regain its 2020 high of $146, rising more than 10% from its current level of $131, driven by expectations of continuing demand growth and strong Q3 2021 results. Our dashboard What Factors Drove 43% Change In Procter & Gamble Stock Between 2017 And Now? has the underlying numbers behind our thinking.

The stock price rise since 2017-end came due to a 9% rise in revenue from $65 billion in FY 2017 to $71 billion in FY 2020. However, net margins dropped from 23.6% to 18.4%, leading to a 12% drop in EPS from $5.80 in FY 2017 to $5.13 in FY 2020, despite a 4% decrease in the outstanding share count.

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P&G’s P/E (price-to-earnings) multiple rose from 16x in 2017-end to 27x by 2020 end, but has since dropped to 25.6x. We believe that the company’s P/E ratio has the potential to rise further in the near term on expectations of continuing demand growth and a favorable shareholder return policy, thus driving the stock price higher.

Where Is The Stock Headed?

The global spread of Coronavirus saw a drop in Procter & Gamble’s revenues and earnings in the second half of FY 2020 (P&G’s fiscal year ends in June), but with supply chain activities back on track, revenue jumped by 5% from $17.2 billion in Q3 2020 to $18.1 billion in Q3 2021. Operating income, too, rose by 10% and led to a strong rise in EPS from $1.15 to $1.30 over the same period. Further, for the first nine  months of FY ’21, revenue is up around 8% at $57.2 billion, from $53.3 billion for the same period in FY 2020. EPS over this period has witnessed a jump of more than 10% and currently stands at $4.53 for the first nine months of FY 2021.

With the ongoing vaccinations and economies opening up worldwide, we believe P&G will continue seeing steady revenue growth, and if the company continues to control expenses successfully, this will raise investor expectations further, driving up the company’s P/E multiple. We believe that PG stock can rise more than 10% from current levels, to regain its recent high of $146.

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