Investors looking for stocks in the Retail - Apparel and Shoes sector might want to consider either Urban Outfitters (URBN - Free Report) or Stitch Fix (SFIX - Free Report) . But which of these two stocks is more attractive to value investors? We'll need to take a closer look to find out.
Everyone has their own methods for finding great value opportunities, but our model includes pairing an impressive grade in the Value category of our Style Scores system with a strong Zacks Rank. The proven Zacks Rank emphasizes companies with positive estimate revision trends, and our Style Scores highlight stocks with specific traits.
Urban Outfitters and Stitch Fix are sporting Zacks Ranks of #1 (Strong Buy) and #2 (Buy), respectively, right now. This means that URBN's earnings estimate revision activity has been more impressive, so investors should feel comfortable with its improving analyst outlook. But this is only part of the picture for value investors.
Value investors also try to analyze a wide range of traditional figures and metrics to help determine whether a company is undervalued at its current share price levels.
Our Value category highlights undervalued companies by looking at a variety of key metrics, including the popular P/E ratio, as well as the P/S ratio, earnings yield, cash flow per share, and a variety of other fundamentals that have been used by value investors for years.
URBN currently has a forward P/E ratio of 19.13, while SFIX has a forward P/E of 119.25. We also note that URBN has a PEG ratio of 1.59. This popular figure is similar to the widely-used P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also considers a company's expected EPS growth rate. SFIX currently has a PEG ratio of 7.95.
Another notable valuation metric for URBN is its P/B ratio of 3.79. The P/B is a method of comparing a stock's market value to its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. By comparison, SFIX has a P/B of 8.54.
These are just a few of the metrics contributing to URBN's Value grade of B and SFIX's Value grade of D.
URBN has seen stronger estimate revision activity and sports more attractive valuation metrics than SFIX, so it seems like value investors will conclude that URBN is the superior option right now.