Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ:SORL)
Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ:SORL) has beaten street earnings estimates four quarters in a row. It has not been above $6 for the past 5+ years but in the last few days SORL shares have been on a run and today are trading around $9.25 on huge volumes – over 25 times their 30-day, daily average. As might be expected, SORL’s Relative Strength Index (RSI) is 88+ – near nosebleed levels. Traders generally believe that a stock’s RSI is on “overbought” territory once it breeches 70.
Still, optimism is warranted. YTD shares of Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ:SORL) are up over 130%, up 71% for the month, and up 57% for the week. Prior to today their 52-week high was $7.80 which was just $0.20 shy of the street’s target price of $8.00. That target price was shattered by this morning’s market action. SORL shares closed at $7.13 on Friday and opened at $7.47 before hitting and inter-day high of $9.50 as of 12:00 PM EST. Currently shares of Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ:SORL) are trading over 165% above their 200-day simple moving average.
Although having a market-cap of around $135 million, the Chinese auto parts manufacturer is not covered by many analysts. That may change given the company’s past four quarterly earnings reports. Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ:SORL) reported Q1 2017 earnings last week. Net sales improved by 37.4% to $74.9 million. Q1 2016’s figure was just $53.8 million. Gross profit increased by 42% over Q1 2016, and their margins increased from 26.8% to 27.8%. The real blockbuster number came in net income attributable to shareholders. In Q1 2016 that figure was $0.02 – for Q1 2017 it was $0.36. Impressive by any benchmark.
Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ:SORL) management has increased annual guidance of net sales to approximately $315 million and net income of around $27.5 million.
Ms. Jinrui Yu, SORL’s Chief Operating Officer, stated “We continue to roll out new advanced braking products which immediately gain traction in the market due to their enhanced performance, added features and improved reliability. We have implemented stricter cost controls, purchased more advanced machinery and moved into new facilities to improve our efficiency and increase our profitability,”.
Of note is the lack of dilution of SORL shares. In 2012, the company reported 19.31 million outstanding shares – the same number they reported in 2016. It would not be unusual for a company to issue more shares over the years to raise funds for expansion related activities. However, to the credit of Sorl Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ:SORL) they have managed increased sales and profits with any such need to dilute shareholder equity.
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About the author: Marc has a degree in economics and a MSc. in Finance. Over his 20-year career, Marc has worked for global investment firms in Europe and the United States as an analyst, fund manager, and consultant.