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Chicago, IL – August 9, 2022 – Stocks in this week’s article are PBF Energy Inc. (PBF - Free Report) , Daqo New Energy Corp. (DQ - Free Report) , Ryder System, Inc. (R - Free Report) , ArcBest Corp. (ARCB - Free Report) and Tronox Holdings plc (TROX - Free Report) .

5 Value Stocks with Enticing 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.

While 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.  

PBF Energy Inc., Daqo New Energy Corp., Ryder System, Inc., ArcBest Corp. and Tronox Holdings plc are some stocks with attractive EV-to-EBITDA ratios.

What Makes EV-to-EBITDA a Better Alternative?

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 be a sign 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 yardstick 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.

However, EV-to-EBITDA is not devoid of shortcomings and it alone can't conclusively determine a stock's inherent potential and future performance. The multiple varies across industries and is usually not appropriate while comparing stocks in different industries given their diverse capital expenditure requirements.

As such, a strategy solely based on EV-to-EBITDA might not yield the desired results. But you can club it with the other major ratios in your stock-investing toolbox such as price-to-book (P/B), P/E and price-to-sales (P/S) to screen value stocks.

Here are our five picks out of the 22 stocks that passed the screen:

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 764.4% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for PBF's current-year earnings has been revised 154% upward over the past 60 days.

Daqo New Energy is a leading producer of high-purity polysilicon. This Zacks Rank #1 stock has a Value Score of A.

Daqo New Energy has an expected earnings growth rate of 160.8% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for DQ's current-year earnings has been revised 13.5% upward over the past 60 days.

Ryder System is one of the world's largest providers of integrated logistics and transportation solutions. This Zacks Rank #2 stock has a Value Score of A.

Ryder System has an expected earnings growth rate of 54.7% for the current year. The consensus estimate for R's current-year earnings has been revised 3.1% upward over the past 60 days.

ArcBest provides freight transportation services and solutions. This Zacks Rank #2 stock has a Value Score of A.

ArcBest has an expected earnings growth rate of 66.4% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for ARCB's current-year earnings has been revised 4.7% 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 42.8% for the current year. The consensus estimate for TROX's current-year earnings has been revised 4.1% upward over the past 60 days.

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