It is essential to determine the value of stocks before investing. Following this principle, investors always compare the value of stocks using various valuation metrics. While Price-to-Earnings is the first to cross one’s mind, Price-to-Sales has also emerged as a useful measure in narrowing down the list of valuable stocks.
Price-to-Sales helps to ascertain the value of stocks that are suffering losses or are in the early cycle of development, generating meager or no profits.
While a loss-making company with a negative Price-to-Earnings ratio falls out of investors’ favor, its Price-to-Sales ratio could indicate the hidden strength in its business. This underrated ratio is also used to identify recovery situations or ensure that a company's growth is not overvalued.
Price-to-Sales is often preferred over Price-to-Earnings, as companies and managements can fiddle with their earnings using various accounting measures. However, sales are harder to manipulate and are relatively reliable.
A stock’s Price-to-Sales ratio reflects how much investors are paying for each dollar of revenues generated by the company.
If the Price-to-Sales ratio is 1, it means that investors are paying $1 for every $1 of revenues generated by the company. So it goes without saying that a stock with Price-to-Sales below 1 is a good bargain, as investors need to pay less than a dollar for a dollar’s worth.
Also, a stock with a low Price-to-Sales ratio is a more suitable investment choice than one with a high ratio.
However, one should keep in mind that a company with high debt and a low Price-to-Sales ratio is not an ideal choice. The high debt level will have to be paid off at some point, leading to further share issuance and a rise in market cap and ultimately a higher Price-to-Sales ratio.
In any case, the Price-to-Sales ratio used in isolation can’t do the trick. One should also analyze other ratios like Price/Earnings, Price/Book, and Debt/Equity before arriving at any investment decision.
Price to Sales less than Median Price to Sales for its Industry: The lower the Price-to-Sales ratio, the better.
Price to Earnings using F(1) estimate less than Median Price to Earnings for its Industry: The lower, the better.
Price to Book (common Equity) less than Median Price to Book for its Industry: This is another parameter to ensure the value feature of a stock.
Debt to Equity (Most Recent) less than Median Debt to Equity for its Industry: A company with less debt should have a stable Price-to-Sales ratio.
Current Price greater than or equal to $5: They must all be trading at a minimum of $5 or higher.
Zacks Rank less than or equal to #2: Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) stocks are known to outperform irrespective of the market environment.
Value Style Score less than or equal to B: Our research shows that stocks with a Value Style Score of ‘A’ or ‘B’ when combined a Zacks Rank #1 or #2 offer the best opportunities in the value investing space.
Here are seven of the 23 stocks that qualified the screening:
Crown Crafts Inc. (CRWS - Free Report) is a designer, seller, and distributor of infant, toddler, and juvenile consumer products in the U.S. and internationally. The stock currently has a Zacks Rank #2 and a Value score of ‘A.’ It also has a 3–5 years EPS growth rate of 5%.
POSCO , based in Seoul, South Korea, produces and sells steel rolled products and plates in South Korea and internationally. This Zacks Rank #1 company has a 3–5 years EPS growth rate of 5% and a Value score of ‘A.’
Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal (MT - Free Report) is the world’s leading steel and mining company. With a presence in more than 60 countries, it operates a balanced portfolio of cost competitive steel plants across both the developed and developing world. This Zacks Rank #1 company has a 3–5 years EPS growth rate of 10.9% and a Value score of ‘A’.
Comfort Systems USA Inc. (FIX - Free Report) is a provider of mechanical installation, renovation, maintenance, repair, and replacement services for the mechanical services industry in the United States. It has a 3–5 year EPS growth rate of 10%. The stock currently has a Value score of ‘B’ and a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
ePlus inc. (PLUS - Free Report) provides information technology products and services, flexible leasing and financing solutions, and enterprise supply management in the United States. The company has a Value score of ‘B’ and a projected 3–5 year EPS growth rate of 5%. The stock carries a Zacks Rank #2.
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation provides a variety of telecommunications services, including telephone, telegraph, leased circuits, data communication, terminal equipment sales and other services. The stock, with a Zacks Rank #1 and a Value score of ‘A’, currently has a projected 3–5 year EPS growth rate of 11.4%.
Michigan-based Universal Forest Products Inc. (UFPI - Free Report) designs, manufactures, and markets wood and wood-alternative products for home centers and other retailers. The company currently has a Zacks Rank #2 and a Value score of ‘A.’ It also has a 3–5 years EPS growth rate of 10%.
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