ValuEngine Upgrades Weight Watchers to STRONG BUY

For today’s bulletin, we take a look at Weight Watchers $WTW. We also provide a link to download a FREE STOCK REPORT on the company.

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Weight Watchers International, Inc. (WTW) is the largest provider of weight control programs in the world. The core of their business is weekly meetings, in which they present thier scientifically designed program, incorporating group support and education about healthy eating patterns, behavior modification and physical activity.

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Weight Watchers has gained a lot of value lately, with the shares up more than 65% since the beginning of 2018. The company, despite the growth of apps, gyms, various work outs, and all sorts of new fitness devices, remains relevant with those seeking to lose weight.

The company has provided investors with happy surprises on earnings reports for the past four quarters, and their last results were quite strong. When they reported at the beginning of May, the company reported revenues of $408.2 million. On a constant currency basis, Q1 2018 revenues increased 19.5% versus the prior year period. Service Revenues in Q1 2018 were $328.7 million. On a constant currency basis, these revenues increased 21.3% versus the prior year period. Net Income in Q1 2018 was $39.1 million compared to $10.7 million in the prior year period. Earnings per fully diluted share (EPS) in Q1 2018 was $0.56 compared to $0.16 in the prior year period.

Company CEO Mary Grossman noted the following about the results:

Driven by the enthusiastic, global response to our new WW Freestyle™ program, we ended the first quarter with 4.6 million subscribers – the highest level in the history of Weight Watchers and an increase of 1 million compared to a year ago. Member engagement has been incredible with members staying longer than ever before.  Average retention is now well over 9 months. The world needs a leader in wellness, and a brand that can bring wellness to all.  We aim to be that leader. By delivering a technology experience with human impact, we have the opportunity to expand our purpose and reach allowing us to generate sustainable growth.

Our models have been impressed lately as well, and today we have upgraded the company to STRONG BUY. Based on the information we have gathered and our resulting research, we feel that Weight Watchers has the probability to OUTPERFORM average market performance for the next year. The company exhibits ATTRACTIVE Momentum and Company Size.

You can download a free copy of detailed report on Weight Watchers International, Inc. (WTW) from the link below.

ValuEngine Forecast
1-Month 79.82 1.10%
3-Month 80.37 1.80%
6-Month 83.31 5.53%
1-Year 89.42 13.27%
2-Year 91.09 15.38%
3-Year 89.54 13.41%
Valuation & Rankings
Valuation 33.97% overvalued Valuation Rank(?) 13
1-M Forecast Return 1.10% 1-M Forecast Return Rank 99
12-M Return 233.97% Momentum Rank(?) 100
Sharpe Ratio 0.12 Sharpe Ratio Rank(?) 58
5-Y Avg Annual Return 10.15% 5-Y Avg Annual Rtn Rank 74
Volatility 82.91% Volatility Rank(?) 17
Expected EPS Growth 52.99% EPS Growth Rank(?) 74
Market Cap (billions) 4.48 Size Rank 80
Trailing P/E Ratio 38.26 Trailing P/E Rank(?) 40
Forward P/E Ratio 25.01 Forward P/E Ratio Rank 21
PEG Ratio 0.72 PEG Ratio Rank 48
Price/Sales 3.23 Price/Sales Rank(?) 34
Market/Book n/a Market/Book Rank(?) n/a
Beta 2.74 Beta Rank 6
Alpha 0.92 Alpha Rank 98


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Steve Hach
Senior Editor