Here at Zacks, we focus on our proven ranking system, which places an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions, to find winning stocks. But we also understand that investors develop their own strategies, so we are constantly looking at the latest trends in value, growth, and momentum to find strong companies for our readers.
Looking at the history of these trends, perhaps none is more beloved than value investing. This strategy simply looks to identify companies that are being undervalued by the broader market. Value investors rely on traditional forms of analysis on key valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are undervalued, leaving room for profits.
On top of the Zacks Rank, investors can also look at our innovative Style Scores system to find stocks with specific traits. For example, value investors will want to focus on the "Value" category. Stocks with high Zacks Ranks and "A" grades for Value will be some of the highest-quality value stocks on the market today.
One company to watch right now is Summit Financial (SMMF - Free Report) . SMMF is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), as well as a Value grade of A. The stock has a Forward P/E ratio of 8.05. This compares to its industry's average Forward P/E of 11.21. SMMF's Forward P/E has been as high as 12.85 and as low as 6.26, with a median of 10.96, all within the past year.
SMMF is also sporting a PEG ratio of 1.48. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. SMMF's PEG compares to its industry's average PEG of 1.83. Within the past year, SMMF's PEG has been as high as 1.54 and as low as 1.34, with a median of 1.44.
We should also highlight that SMMF has a P/B ratio of 0.78. Investors use the P/B ratio to look at a stock's market value versus its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. This company's current P/B looks solid when compared to its industry's average P/B of 0.91. Over the past year, SMMF's P/B has been as high as 1.47 and as low as 0.72, with a median of 1.29.
Value investors also love the P/S ratio, which is calculated by simply dividing a stock's price with the company's sales. This is a popular metric because sales are harder to manipulate on an income statement, so they are often considered a better performance indicator. SMMF has a P/S ratio of 1.63. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 1.81.
Finally, investors should note that SMMF has a P/CF ratio of 5.83. This metric takes into account a company's operating cash flow and can be used to find stocks that are undervalued based on their solid cash outlook. SMMF's current P/CF looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 11. Over the past 52 weeks, SMMF's P/CF has been as high as 9.52 and as low as 5.16, with a median of 8.50.
These are only a few of the key metrics included in Summit Financial's strong Value grade, but they help show that the stock is likely undervalued right now. When factoring in the strength of its earnings outlook, SMMF looks like an impressive value stock at the moment.