After A Strong First Half, What’s Next For These Two Stock?
Several stocks have mustered monster returns this year with some companies with market caps of more than $200 million more than doubling. Among the companies that have seen their stocks more than doubled this year are social media company Snap (NYSE: SNAP) and burger chain Shake Shack (NYSE: SHAK).
Snap Overcame a Rough 2018
Snap is the biggest social medial winner this year following last year’s disappointments. The parent of chatting app Snapchat’s 2018 was stained by the failure of its wearable tech. There was also a poor reception of its app update and weakening platform growth. Snap stock plummeted after it failed to launch a comeback.
In an unlikely performance, the company saw its revenue soar 48%. This was a rare occurrence for a company that appeared to be peaking in 2018. Currently, the company has over 203 million daily active users using its app. Its ability for monetization seems to be accelerating. The company is capitalizing on its target population which is usually young people.
Shake Shack Benefitting from Third Party Delivery Apps
Shake Shack is the only restaurant stock that has more than doubled this year. This is even after most investors thought that its valuation was high at the beginning of 2019. The chain’s revenue jumped 31% in Q2 as sharp expansion, as well as a 3.6% upturn in comps, continues to fuel its top-line rally. This was exciting news on the bottom line as the company missed Wall Street estimates as it has been in the last four quarters.
The company has also improved its guidance. It has also benefitted from third-party apps offering restaurant operators an alternative of beefing up takeout orders. Shake Shack stock is still trading at 6 times its forward sales. This may be a steep valuation for the stock more so considering it is a restaurant industry stock. The company is, however, improving its fundamentals which are instrumental in overcoming valuation concerns.