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3 Reasons Value Stock Investors Will Love Avianca Holdings (AVH)
November 17, 2016

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Many investors like to look for value in stocks, but this can be very tough to define. There is great debate regarding which metrics are the best to focus on in this regard, and which are not really quality indicators of future performance. Fortunately, with our new style score system we have identified the key statistics to pay close attention to and thus which stocks might be the best for value investors in the near term.

This method discovered several great candidates for value-oriented investors, but today let’s focus on Avianca Holdings S.A. (AVH - Free Report) as this stock is looking especially impressive right now. And while there are numerous reasons why this is the case, we have highlighted three of the most vital reasons for AVH’s status as a solid value stock below:

Forward PE for Avianca Holdings

Easily one of the most popular readings for value investors, the forward PE ratio shows us the current price of a stock divided by the full year earnings. Generally speaking, value investors like to see this ratio below 20, though it can vary by industry.

Right now, AVH has a forward PE of just 15.22, which means that investors are paying $15.22 for each dollar in expected Avianca Holdings earnings this year. Compared to the industry at large this is pretty favorable as the overall space has an average PE of 17.4 in comparison.

AVIANCA HOLDNGS PE Ratio (TTM)
 

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Price to Forward Sales for Avianca Holdings

One of the most underrated ratios for value investors is the price/forward sales metric. This ratio shows investors how much they are paying for each dollar of revenues generated. In other words, a lower number is better here while a price to sales ratio of 1 means that you are paying one dollar for each dollar in sales.

With a P/S ratio of 0.14, AVH investors are paying 14 cents in stock price for each dollar of revenue generated by the company. Compare this to the industry average of 0.76, and it is safe to say that AVH is undervalued compared to many of its peers on this important metric.

AVH Earnings Estimate Revisions Moving in the Right Direction

The solid value ratios outlined in the preceding paragraphs might be enough for some investors, but we should also note that the earnings estimate revisions have been trending in a positive direction as well. Analysts who follow AVH stock have been raising their estimates for the company lately, meaning that the EPS picture is looking a bit more favorably for Avianca Holdings now.

Over the past 60 days, 1 earnings estimate has gone higher compared to no downward revisions for the full year.  This has helped to boost the consensus estimate as 60 days ago AVH was expected to post earnings of 40 cents per share for the full year though today it looks to have EPS of 46 cents for the full year.

Bottom Line

For the reasons detailed above, investors shouldn’t be surprised to read that we have AVH as a stock with a Value Score of ‘A’ and a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

So if you are a value investor, definitely keep AVH on your short list as this looks to be a stock that is very well-positioned for gains in the near term.

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