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Chicago, IL – November 3, 2022 – Stocks in this week’s article are Covenant Logistics Group, Inc. (CVLG - Free Report) , TravelCenters of America Inc. , Celestica Inc. (CLS - Free Report) , YPF Sociedad Anonima (YPF - Free Report) and Peoples Bancorp Inc. (PEBO - Free Report) .

Pick These 5 Bargain Stocks with Alluring EV-to-EBITDA Ratios

The price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple enjoys wide-scale popularity among investors seeking stocks trading at a bargain. In addition to being a widely-used tool for screening stocks, P/E is a popular metric to work out the fair market value of a firm. But even this ubiquitously used valuation multiple has a few downsides.

Although P/E is the most popular valuation metric, a more complicated multiple called EV-to-EBITDA works even better. Often considered a better alternative to P/E, it gives the true picture of a company's valuation and earnings potential, and has a more complete approach to valuation. While P/E considers a firm's equity portion, EV-to-EBITDA determines its total value.

Covenant Logistics Group, Inc., TravelCenters of America Inc., Celestica Inc., YPF Sociedad Anonima and Peoples Bancorp Inc. are some stocks with attractive EV-to-EBITDA ratios.

Is EV-to-EBITDA a Better Substitute to P/E?

Also referred to as enterprise multiple, EV-to-EBITDA is 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. In essence, it is the entire value of a company.

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

Typically, 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.  

Unlike the P/E ratio, EV-to-EBITDA takes debt on a company's balance sheet into account. For this reason, it is typically used to value potential acquisition targets. The ratio shows the amount of debt that the acquirer has to bear. Stocks flaunting a low EV-to-EBITDA multiple could be seen as attractive takeover candidates.

Another shortcoming of P/E is that it can't be used to value a loss-making firm. A company's earnings are also subject to accounting estimates and management manipulation. On the other hand, EV-to-EBITDA is difficult to manipulate and can also be used to value companies making losses but are EBITDA-positive.

EV-to-EBITDA is also a useful tool for 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 also not without its shortcomings and cannot alone conclusively determine a stock's inherent potential and future performance. The ratio varies across industries and is generally not appropriate while comparing stocks in different industries, given their diverse capital spending requirements.

Thus, a strategy based entirely on EV-to-EBITDA might not yield the desired results. But you can club it with other major ratios such as price-to-book (P/B), P/E and price-to-sales (P/S) to screen bargain stocks.

Here are our five picks out of the 11 stocks that passed the screen:

Covenant Logistics, together with its subsidiaries, offers a portfolio of transportation and logistics services. CVLG, a Zacks Rank #1 stock, has a Value Score of A.

Covenant Logistics has an expected year-over-year earnings growth rate of 59.8% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for CVLG's current-year earnings has been revised 6.3% upward over the last 60 days.

TravelCenters of America is the largest publicly traded full-service travel center network in the United States. TA, flaunting a Zacks Rank #1, has a Value Score of A. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

TravelCenters of America has expected year-over-year earnings growth of 96.6% for the current year. The consensus estimate for TA's current-year earnings has been revised 6.9% upward over the last 60 days.

Celestica is one of the largest electronics manufacturing services companies in the world, serving the computer and communications sectors. CLS, a Zacks Rank #1 stock, has a Value Score of A.

Celestica has an expected year-over-year earnings growth rate of 43.1% for the current year. CLS' consensus estimate for the current year has been revised 9.4% upward over the last 60 days.

YPF is an international energy company based on the integrated business of hydrocarbons, focused in Latin America, with high standards of efficiency, profitability and responsibility. This Zacks Rank #2 stock has a Value Score of A.

YPF has an expected earnings growth rate of 4,580% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for YPF's current-year earnings has been revised 24.5% upward over the past 60 days.

Peoples Bancorp is a diversified financial services holding company. This Zacks Rank #2 company has a Value Score of B.

Peoples Bancorp has an expected earnings growth rate of 61.6% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for PEBO's current-year earnings has been revised 2% upward over the past 60 days.

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