May 5, 2021 4 min read
This story originally appeared on MarketBeat
Americans’ enjoyment of the great outdoors was evident during the pandemic, with stocks in companies like Pool Corp (NASDAQ: POOL), MarineMax (NYSE: HZO), Academy Sports & Outdoor (NASDAQ: ASO) and Big Five Sporting Goods (NASDAQ: BGFV) are seeing price increases and increasing their profits.
Companies involved in sporting goods and other outdoor recreational activities are likely to continue growing this year.
Pool Corp. operates 398 pool equipment and supply stores in North and South America and Europe and additional locations are in the works.
The stock gained 2.21% on April 22, after the latest earnings report beat estimates in the upper and lower ranges. Stocks are up 21.02% over the past three months and are trading near $ 427, just below Monday’s all-time high of $ 431.47.
Potential headwinds include an impending shortage of chlorine tablets for pools due to a fire at a Louisiana facility that makes the tablets, as well as a shortage of plastic buckets to hold the tablets due to pandemic closures.
The company responded to this challenge by stating that it had to raise prices. Analysts expect a profit increase of 47% for 2021 compared to the previous year.
Marine max operates 77 retail stores in 21 states, selling new and used pleasure boats, fishing boats, and yachts. On Monday, the company announced it had acquired KCS International, known as Cruiser Yachts.
The deal allows cruisers to more than double their capacity over time and ensures that MarineMax has an America-built premium yacht as part of its line of products.
The stock rose 5.83% on April 26, according to the company’s quarterly report, which beat both earnings and sales estimates.
The stock has formed a cup-shaped base since March 22, when it pulled back from a session high of $ 63.99. As of now, this is the buy point, but it is possible that the cup will form a handle that offers a lower buy point.
Academy Sport & Outdoor is a newly listed company that debuted in September, just in time to keep up with the broader market and capitalize on continued interest in sports and outdoor activities.
The Texas-based company operates 295 stores in 16 states, primarily in the south. The company is aggressively planning to expand. Analysts expect continued profitability despite this target, but earnings are projected to fall 32% this year to $ 2.87 per share. It is completely normal to see a drop in profits or even a loss when companies pour their money into expansion instead of focusing on profitability.
The stock is currently consolidating below its April 6 high of $ 33.74. It’s above its 50-day moving average. In particular, the stock does not yet have a 200-day trading history, so there is not yet a 200-day line as a measure of institutional support.
The Academy has recorded a price increase of 50.41% since the beginning of the year.
The stock is a small cap, so it trades a bit volatile, which is not uncommon for a young, small stock.
Big 5 sporting goods operates 430 athletic apparel, exercise equipment, and outdoor gear stores in 11 states.
This is a very small company with a market capitalization of only $ 409 million, which means investors and traders need to be aware of liquidity concerns. A stock this small is not often held by institutional investors, who generally have stricter trading rules than retail investors. This lack of institutional ownership can lead to volatility and large fluctuations in prices over the course of the day.
In fact, this stock has a beta of 1.79, which indicates a relatively high level of volatility.
The company reported its first quarter results after Tuesday’s close of trading. Revenue in the same business increased 31.8% for the quarter, contributing to revenue of $ 272.8 million, compared to $ 217.7 million a year earlier.
Earnings were $ 0.96 per share, down from a loss of $ 0.22 per share a year ago, the first quarter that was affected by pandemic lockdowns.
Determining that it has no debt, the company increased its quarterly cash dividend by 20% to $ 0.18 per share and declared a special cash dividend of $ 1.00 per share.
The share has been at its best since 2016 and is above the 10-day moving average.
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