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Chicago, IL – April 4, 2022 – Stocks in this week’s article are ArcBest Corp. (ARCB - Free Report) , PBF Energy Inc. (PBF - Free Report) , JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (JAKK - Free Report) , Tronox Holdings plc (TROX - Free Report) and Hillenbrand, Inc. (HI - Free Report)

5 Stocks with Impressive EV-to-EBITDA Ratios to Snap Up

Price-to-earnings (P/E), given its inherent simplicity, is the most commonly used metric in the value investing world. It is preferred by many investors while handpicking stocks trading at attractive prices. However, even this straightforward, broadly used valuation metric has a few limitations.

Although P/E enjoys great popularity among value investors, a less-used and more-complicated metric called EV-to-EBITDA is sometimes viewed as a better alternative. EV-to-EBITDA gives the true picture of a company's valuation and earnings potential. It has a more comprehensive approach to valuation.  

ArcBest Corp., PBF Energy Inc., JAKKS Pacific, Inc., Tronox Holdings plc. and Hillenbrand, Inc. are some stocks with attractive EV-to-EBITDA ratios.

What Makes EV-to-EBITDA a Better Option?

EV-to-EBITDA is essentially the enterprise value (EV) of a stock divided by its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA). EV is the sum of a company's market capitalization, its debt and preferred stock minus cash and cash equivalents.

EBITDA, the other constituent of the ratio, gives a clearer picture of a company's profitability as it removes the impact of non-cash expenses like depreciation and amortization that dampen net earnings. It is also often used as a proxy for cash flows.

Usually, the lower the EV-to-EBITDA ratio, the more attractive it is. A low EV-to-EBITDA ratio could signal that a stock is potentially undervalued.

However, unlike the P/E ratio, EV-to-EBITDA takes into account the debt on a company's balance sheet. Given this reason, EV-to-EBITDA is usually used to value the possible acquisition targets. Stocks with a low EV-to-EBITDA multiple could be seen as potential takeover candidates.

P/E also can't be used to value a loss-making firm. A firm's earnings are also subject to accounting estimates and management manipulation. In contrast, EV-to-EBITDA is harder to manipulate and can be used to value companies that have negative net earnings but are positive on the EBITDA front.

EV-to-EBITDA is also a useful tool in evaluating the value of firms that are highly leveraged and have a high degree of depreciation. Moreover, it can be used to compare companies with different levels of debt.

But EV-to-EBITDA has its limitations too. The ratio varies across industries (a high-growth industry typically has a higher multiple and vice versa) and is usually not appropriate while comparing stocks in different industries given their diverse capital requirements.

Therefore, instead of just relying on EV-to-EBITDA, you can club it with the other major ratios such as price-to-book (P/B), P/E and price-to-sales (P/S) to achieve the desired results.

Here are our five picks out of the 25 stocks that passed the screen:

ArcBest provides freight transportation services and solutions. This Zacks Rank #1 stock has a Value Score of A.

ArcBest has an expected year-over-year earnings growth rate of 25% for the current fiscal year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for ARCB's current fiscal -year earnings has been revised 16.5% upward over the last 60 days.

PBF Energy provides end products that comprise heating oil, transportation fuels, lubricants and many related products. This Zacks Rank #1 stock has a Value Score of A. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

PBF Energy has an expected earnings growth rate of 168% for the current year. The consensus estimate for PBF's current-year earnings has been revised 51.8% upward over the past 60 days.

JAKKS Pacific is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of toys and consumer products sold globally. This Zacks Rank #1 stock has a Value Score of A.

JAKKS Pacific has an expected earnings growth rate of 8.5% for the current year. The consensus estimate for JAKK's current-year earnings has been revised 19.1% upward over the past 60 days.

Tronox is a leading producer of high-quality titanium products, including titanium dioxide pigment. This Zacks Rank #2 stock has a Value Score of A.

Tronox has an expected earnings growth rate of 36.2% for the current year. The consensus estimate for TROX's current-year earnings has been revised 11.4% upward over the past 60 days.

Hillenbrand is a diversified industrial company with businesses that serve a wide variety of industries across the globe. This Zacks Rank #2 stock has a Value Score of A.

Hillenbrand has an expected year-over-year earnings growth rate of 3.4% for the current fiscal year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for HI's current fiscal-year earnings has been revised 2.9% upward over the past 60 days.

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