Estée Lauder Stock Takes Breather From Record Highs

EL's post-pandemic recovery sparked a bullish run for the stock

Jul 19, 2021 at 10:27 AM
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The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE:EL) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products. Estée Lauder’s products are sold in approximately 150 countries and territories under brand names including: Estée Lauder, Aramis, Clinique, Lab Series, Origins, Tommy Hilfiger, M·A·C, and many others. This morning, EL is trading lower with the broader market, down 3.2% at $317.

On July 14, Estée Lauder announced that Sue Fox was promoted to President of Estée Lauder U.K. and Ireland. Since January 2020, Fox has held the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager, in which capacity she was responsible for overseeing EL’s business in its most established regions outside the United States.

Analysts are currently projecting a major drop in earnings per share (EPS) for Estée Lauder's Q2 report, anticipating $0.50 after the company produced an EPS of $1.62 in Q1. As another side note, though, Estée Lauder has outperformed analyst earnings expectations on all three of its most recent earnings reports. The last earnings miss for the company occurred for Q2 of 2020, when the company missed estimates by a margin of $0.34.

Estée Lauder stock has increased by about 60% year-over-year and is up by 70% since bottoming at its July 2020 low of $187.75. Additionally, shares of EL have grown by 19% year-to-date and recently reached a record high of $328.64 on July 16. Estée Lauder stock also has a forward dividend of $2.12 and a dividend yield of 0.65%.

Meanwhile, in the options pits, traders are leaning bearish. This is per the security's 50-day put/call volume ratio of 1.03, which stands higher than 94% of readings at the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX).

Overall, at a market cap of $114 billion and a price-earnings ratio of 83.76, Estée Lauder stock doesn’t offer a lot by way of growth potential, especially considering the limitations of having a business model based on the retail of consumer products. Estée Lauder stock also has a forward price-earnings ratio of 44.84, which is a big improvement, but still suggests that the company is overvalued. Nonetheless, Estée Lauder is on track to recover from their pandemic revenue and net income losses. EL will likely continue on an upward trajectory, but it is important to note that Estée Lauder stock’s price is at an all-time high so it may be worth waiting for a better entry point.

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