National Beverage Stock Bubbling Over Ahead of Earnings

National Beverage gives back to investors after an incredible year in 2020

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National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ:FIZZ) makes those incredibly popular LaCroix beverages you see in the fridge of every adult between the ages 25 and 40. They also develop, manufacture, and distribute a wide variety of flavored soft drinks.

On Dec. 2, the company announced that it would be paying out $6.00 per share in dividends. This special dividend would reportedly be for shareholders as of Dec. 4, and will be paid on or before February 2, 2021. National Beverage stock has had a history of sporadic dividend payouts dating back to 2004. The National Beverage stock dividend payments typically range from $1 to $3 per share, which is significantly less than the $6 per share the company will be doling out this winter.

This treat for National Beverage stock investors coincides with the strong year the stock has had. The shares have tripled off their March four-year lows around $33, carving out a channel of higher high that culminated in a Dec. 3 two-year high of $97.70. During this trek higher, FIZZ's ascending 80-day moving average has caught any steep pullbacks.

FIZZ Stock Chart

 The beverage giant will look to add to those gains after stepping into the earnings confessional  before the open on Thursday, Dec. 9. FIZZ has solidly beat expectations on all four of its most recent earnings reports. In the fourth quarter of 2019, FIZZ beat expectations by $0.02.  In the first quarter of this year, National Beverage beat Wall Street's expectations by a margin of $0.07. In its most recent quarterly data, National Beverage reported an EPS of $1.09 instead of the anticipated EPS of $0.96. For its upcoming earnings report due out on Thursday, FIZZ is expected to report an EPS of $0.91.

From a mostly fundamental point of view, FIZZ is a very solid potential investment for those looking to add to their stock portfolio. The company's debt is nearly non-existent and National Beverage holds over $350 million in cash. The company has maintained consistent net profits over the past few years, while also growing its revenue. The only downside for investing in FIZZ is that National Beverage stock price has already run up so much. National Beverage stock currently trades at a price-earnings ratio of 30.19, so please be mindful of the price you are able to achieve if you choose to join National Beverage as an investor.

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