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3 Reasons Growth Investors Will Love Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. (SQNXF)

Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. (SQNXF) could produce exceptional returns because of its solid growth attributes.

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Investors seek growth stocks to capitalize on above-average growth in financials that help these securities grab the market's attention and produce exceptional returns. But finding a great growth stock is not easy at all.

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In addition to volatility, these stocks carry above-average risk by their very nature. Also, one could end up losing from a stock whose growth story is actually over or nearing its end.

However, it's pretty easy to find cutting-edge growth stocks with the help of the Zacks Growth Style Score (part of the Zacks Style Scores system), which looks beyond the traditional growth attributes to analyze a company's real growth prospects.

Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. (SQNXF) is on the list of such stocks currently recommended by our proprietary system. In addition to a favorable Growth Score, it carries a top Zacks Rank.

Research shows that stocks carrying the best growth features consistently beat the market. And returns are even better for stocks that possess the combination of a Growth Score of A or B and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy).

Here are three of the most important factors that make the stock of this company a great growth pick right now.

Earnings Growth

Arguably nothing is more important than earnings growth, as surging profit levels is what most investors are after. For growth investors, double-digit earnings growth is highly preferable, as it is often perceived as an indication of strong prospects (and stock price gains) for the company under consideration.

While the historical EPS growth rate for Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. is 8.7%, investors should actually focus on the projected growth. The company's EPS is expected to grow 31.9% this year, crushing the industry average, which calls for EPS growth of 20.6%.

Impressive Asset Utilization Ratio

Growth investors often overlook asset utilization ratio, also known as sales-to-total-assets (S/TA) ratio, but it is an important feature of a real growth stock. This metric shows how efficiently a firm is utilizing its assets to generate sales.

Right now, Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. has an S/TA ratio of 1.03, which means that the company gets $1.03 in sales for each dollar in assets. Comparing this to the industry average of 0.67, it can be said that the company is more efficient.

In addition to efficiency in generating sales, sales growth plays an important role. And Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. looks attractive from a sales growth perspective as well. The company's sales are expected to grow 2.2% this year versus the industry average of 0%.

Promising Earnings Estimate Revisions

Beyond the metrics outlined above, investors should consider the trend in earnings estimate revisions. A positive trend is a plus here. Empirical research shows that there is a strong correlation between trends in earnings estimate revisions and near-term stock price movements.

There have been upward revisions in current-year earnings estimates for Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has surged 21.8% over the past month.

Bottom Line

While the overall earnings estimate revisions have made Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. a Zacks Rank #2 stock, it has earned itself a Growth Score of B based on a number of factors, including the ones discussed above.

You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

This combination positions Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. well for outperformance, so growth investors may want to bet on it.



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