J. C. Penney Company Inc. (JCP)Growth Analysis: Profit Driven by Strength

J. C. Penney Company Inc. (JCP) is owned by a number of high-value investors. Its largest direct holder is Jill A. Soltau Director and Chief Executive Officer with 8,705,787 shares. The second-largest direct holder is Javier G. Teruel Independent Director, with 2,286,994 shares of the company’s stock. In third place with 1,352,128 shares of JCP is Ronald W. Tysoe Non-Executive Chairman of the Board and Lead Independent Director.

Now turning to institutional ownership of J. C. Penney Company Inc. (JCP), BlackRock Fund Advisors is the top holder with 40.0 million shares. The next largest fund holder of this company’s stock is The Vanguard Group, Inc. with 16.0 million shares. In the third-place spot with 14.0 million shares is Newport Trust Co..

This company’s stock price was $1.03 at the previous market close, with its latest volume reaching 4623301. Compare that to its average daily volume of 10.38M. Given the fact that this stock has 308.54M shares outstanding, its current market value is sitting at $317.80M. This publicly-traded stock’s 60-month Beta is 1.63. Its Price to Sales ratio is 0.03, its Price to Cash Flow ratio is 1.82, and its Price to Book ratio is 0.34.

JCP stock has achieved a 5-day range of $0.95 to $1.05, with a total performance of +1.98% during that period. Meanwhile, in the past month of trading, this stock has traded in the range of $0.85 to $1.10, generating a +19.77% change during the period. In the past three months, this stock’s price has changed by +42.30%, trading in the range of $0.53 to $1.26.

In the past 5 days, shares of JCP have made a new high 1 time. In the last month, it has made a new high 9 times, and in the past 3 months, it has made a new high 5 times.

Now let’s turn to this public company’s earnings. For the quarter ending 7/30/2019, the earnings per share (EPS) was reported at -0.18. This is a 0.13 difference compared to the consensus estimate of -0.31, amounting to an earnings surprise of 41.90%. In the previous quarter, which ended in 7/30/2019, the consensus estimate was -0.38, making for an earnings surprise of -21.10%. For the quarter ending 1/30/2019, EPS was reported at 0.18, generating a 80.00% earnings surprise.

The Net Income for the most recent full fiscal year, which ended in 01-2019, was $-255.0 million. This is compared to the prior year, where Net Income was $-118.0 million. Meanwhile, this company’s Operating Cash Flow was $359.0 million for the year, compared to $454.0 million in 2017. Capital Expenditures for the year were reportedly -$392.0 million, compared to -$395.0 million, and Free Cash flow was $-33.0 million compared to the prior year’s $59.0 million.

J. C. Penney Company Inc. (JCP) stock currently has a Financial Strength score of 3/10. This is due to a combination of factors, including a Cash to Debt ratio of 0.04, an Equity to Asset ratio of 0.12, a Debt to Equity ratio of 5.15 and a Debt to EBITDA of 8.7. The Piotroski F-Score is 3, its Altman Z-Score is 0.95 and its Beneish M-Score is -3.

This publicly-traded company’s Profitability and Growth score is 3/10, thanks to a combination of things: an Operating Margin of -0.17, a Net Margin of -2.38, a ROE of -25.47, and a ROC of 0.21.

Shifting focus now to Valuation and Return for JCP, this company’s Price to Tangible Book is 0.34 and its Price to Median PS Value is 0.13. Price to Peter Lynch Fair Value for JCP is now 0.00. Meanwhile, its Forward Rate of Return (Yactman) is 29.42.

Certain ratios provide helpful insights into how a stock is performing. The Quick Ratio for JCP is sitting at 0.21, while its Current Ratio is 1.37. This stock’s PB Ratio is 0.34, its PS Ratio is 0.03. Similarly, its Price to Owner Earnings is 1.51, its Price to Free Cash Flow is 1.85 and its Price to Operating Cash Flow is 0.66.