Regal-Beloit Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of electric motor and generator manufacturer Regal-Beloit (NYS: RBC) were revving higher by as much as 12% earlier in the trading session following the company's fourth-quarter earnings results.

So what: Regal-Beloit was able to woo investors with some acquisition-related year-over-year comparisons, but they nonetheless seem to like what they're seeing. Fourth-quarter sales jumped 31% to $727 million -- in line with consensus expectations -- but it was the company's $0.23 EPS beat that has everyone excited. Regal-Beloit also forecast fiscal 2012 EPS in the range of $1.07 to $1.13 versus the current S&P Capital IQ estimate of $1.07.

Now what: The key to understanding Regal-Beloit is that its strategy involves growth by acquisition. Strip out its recent purchases and its growth rate drops dramatically. Still, with more acquisitions on the horizon and the company valued at a very reasonable 12 times forward earnings, it could have some room left to move higher. Definitely one I'd consider adding to my watchlist.

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