TCS stock: buy or sell?

TCS stock price: $4.32 -4.21% At close on September 20th, 2019

Updated on:
September 20th, 2019

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Shares of Container Store plummed a dreadful -4.21% and closed at $4.32.

The Container Store Group, Inc. engages in the retailing of storage and organization products and solutions in the United States.

Should I buy TCS stock?

Make a decision about when to buy or sell stocks is one of the hardest parts of being a trader or investor. Trading strategies are meant for helping you in the decision process of what stocks to choose and when is the best moment to buy them. At Stocks2.com, we like to use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.

None of our preferred buy setups matches with Container Store stock situation right now, therefore this is not a suitable entry point.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This is not a selling recommendation at all, just it's not the best moment to buy if you follow any of these trading strategies.

Is Container Store stock a buy?

Financial institutions and banks publish stock ratings everyday. At Stocks2.com, we gathered 3 ratings published for TCS stock in the last 30 days.

Is TCS a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-9-6Laurentiann/an/a
2019-7-11Goldman Sachs GroupSellSell
2019-5-16Barclaysn/aHold

TCS stock analysis

Daily outlook

Container Store plummed a dreadful -4.21% and closed at $4.32.

Shares of Container Store plummed a dreadful -4.21% and closed at $4.32. Since July when TCS stock price broke down the SMA200d line, it slid $-3.12 per share (-41.94%).

TCS stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

After boosting a super good 6.13% in a week last week, Container Store closed this week at $4.32 and collapsed a chilling -11.66%.

Since mid July, when TCS stock price broke down the 40-weeks moving avarage line, it slid $-2.65 per share (-38.02%). Trading stocks that are under the 40-weeks (that is, 200-days) moving average mark is not recommended by many experts, as it indicates that the stock has not enough institutional support.

TCS stock chart (weekly)

TCS stock price history

TCS stock went public on November 1st, 2013 with a price of $35.001. Since then, TCS stock sliced a -87.70%, with a yearly average of -17.50%.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

TCS stock historical price chart

TCS stock reached 52-week highs at $11.47, and all-time highs 2013-12-31 with a price of 47.07.

TCS stock price target is $8.50

Predicting the price evolution of a stock or any financial instrument in a reliable and repeatable way is probably impossible. However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. We found 2 price forecasts for Container Store stock published in the last month:
TCS stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-7-11Goldman Sachs GroupInitiatesn/a$7.00-
2019-5-16BarclaysReiteratesn/a$10.00-
(in average)$0.00$8.500.0%
The price prediction for Container Store stock is $8.50, moving in a range between $10.00 and $7.00. In average, analysts' outlook on TCS price forecast is stable from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

Container Store failed experts on February when it reported an Earnings per Share (EPS) of $0.07 when the analysts' forecast was $0.11.
TCS earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise
2017-Q1-n/an/an/a
2017-Q2-n/an/an/a
2017-Q32017-11-070.060.12100.0%
2017-Q42018-02-060.130.11-15.4%
2018-Q12018-05-220.240.18-25.0%
2018-Q22018-07-31-0.12-0.08n/a
2018-Q32018-10-300.140.1-28.6%
2018-Q42019-02-050.110.07-36.4%
2019-Q1-n/an/an/a
2019-Q2-n/an/an/a

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual turnover report draw a good growth of 4.55% to $857.23 M USD. In contrast, its earnings margin (compared to revenues) stayed steady to 2.27%, that is $19.43 million.

To have an updated picture of the financial situation of Container Store, we have calculated the trailing twelve month (TTM) sales and income figures. TTM values are the sum of the last 4 quarters and aproximate to an annual fiscal report ending in 2018-Q4 that can be compared to 2018 fiscal year results. Annual Container Store TTM sales up to December 2018 were $874.68 and income was $5.40 million USD. If we compare this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can esteem Container Store business evolution since March 2018: Annual revenues up to December, compared to lastest yearly report, appreciated a slightly fine 2.04%. On the other hand, profit margin (net income/revenues) slightly fell at 2.27%.

TCS annual Sales and Income evolution
YearSalesYoYIncome/(margin)YoY
2013$707 M-$-0.13 M-0.0%-
2014$749 M5.91%$8.17 M1.1%-6,384.62%
2015$782 M4.45%$23 M2.9%177.52%
2016$795 M1.63%$5.14 M0.6%-77.32%
2017$820 M3.18%$15 M1.8%190.80%
2018$857 M4.55%$19 M2.3%29.93%
TTM $875 M2.04%$5.40 M0.6%-72.21%

Quarterly financial results

Container Store posted $221.64 million in sales for 2018-Q4, a -1.25% decline compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $9.32 million with a profit margin of 4.21%. Profit margin raised a 2.76% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 1.44%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, Container Store sales marked a neutral movement and remained constant a -0.60%.
TCS quarterly Sales and Income evolution
QuarterSales1QoQ2Income1/(margin)QoQ2
2017-Q1$221 M-$8.38 M3.8%-
2017-Q2$183 M-17.18%$-7.68 M-4.2%-191.65%
2017-Q3$218 M19.30%$-0.88 M-0.4%-88.61%
2017-Q4$223 M2.10%$28.38 M12.7%-3,343.31%
2018-Q1$233 M4.39%$-0.40 M-0.2%-101.41%
2018-Q2$196 M-15.87%$-6.76 M-3.5%1,595.24%
2018-Q3$224 M14.62%$3.24 M1.4%-147.92%
2018-Q4$222 M-1.25%$9.32 M4.2%187.60%

Container Store ownership

When you are planning to buy a stock, it's always worth to overview its ownership structure.

Container Store shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 30.66% of all shares.

In case of Container Store stock, 27.79% of its shares are held by institutions (mutual funds, pension funds, big banks and other large financial institutions). Bearish positions for TCS stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

For a better context understanding, the following table shows ownership data compared to other related companies:

TCSAMZNBBBYETHKIRK
Market cap$212.7 M$901.0 B$1.3 B$494.3 M$19.1 M
Total shares49.2 M494.7 M127.8 M26.6 M14.2 M
Float shares17.4 M416.2 M118.1 M24.6 M10.0 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)27.8%57.1%112.1%91.6%106.8%
  - Insider holdings (%)30.7%16.1%3.8%9.1%4.4%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

TCS summary

Friday, September 20th, 2019
Open$4.50
Close$4.32
Day range$4.30 - $4.63
Previous close$4.51
Session gain-4.21%
Average true range$0.24
50d mov avg$5.22
100d mov avg$6.48
200d mov avg$6.57
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern lt03a

Container Store performance

To measure stock performance is always good to benchmark with competitors or related stocks. We chose Amazon.com, Bed Bath & Beyond, Ethan Allen Interiors, Kirkland's, Pier 1 Imports, Sleep Number, Target, Tuesday Morning, Walmart and Williams-Sonoma as the bechmarking frame for Container Store stock.
Stock3m6m12m
TCSContainer Store-43.75%-38.81%-61.39%
AMZNAmazon.com-4.70%3.21%-4.88%
BBBYBed Bath & Beyond-12.29%-24.89%-44.93%
ETHEthan Allen Inter...-6.82%2.14%-11.01%
KIRKKirkland's-44.90%-81.15%-85.58%
PIRPier 1 Imports-14.12%-35.99%-66.45%
SNBRSleep Number9.43%-6.27%17.72%
TGTTarget22.68%38.45%26.33%
TUESTuesday Morning-3.66%-30.09%-48.20%
WMTWalmart5.78%20.25%24.57%
WSMWilliams-Sonoma6.85%15.91%1.69%

Container Store competitors

One check before trading any stock is to have a look a list of its competitors, in this case for Container Store. We picked 10 companies as Container Store competitors as they are in the same industry or have similar market objectives.