Investors with an interest in Computer - Software stocks have likely encountered both Verint Systems (VRNT - Free Report) and Pegasystems (PEGA - 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.
There are plenty of strategies for discovering value stocks, but we have found that pairing a strong Zacks Rank with an impressive grade in the Value category of our Style Scores system produces the best returns. The proven Zacks Rank emphasizes companies with positive estimate revision trends, and our Style Scores highlight stocks with specific traits.
Verint Systems and Pegasystems are sporting Zacks Ranks of #2 (Buy) and #3 (Hold), respectively, right now. The Zacks Rank favors stocks that have recently seen positive revisions to their earnings estimates, so investors should rest assured that VRNT has an improving earnings outlook. But this is just one piece of the puzzle for value investors.
Value investors also tend to look at a number of traditional, tried-and-true figures to help them find stocks that they believe are undervalued at their current share price levels.
The Value category of the Style Scores system identifies undervalued companies by looking at a number of key metrics. These include the long-favored P/E ratio, P/S ratio, earnings yield, cash flow per share, and a variety of other fundamentals that help us determine a company's fair value.
VRNT currently has a forward P/E ratio of 19.67, while PEGA has a forward P/E of 90.33. We also note that VRNT has a PEG ratio of 1.97. 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. PEGA currently has a PEG ratio of 11.29.
Another notable valuation metric for VRNT is its P/B ratio of 2.44. The P/B ratio pits a stock's market value against its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. For comparison, PEGA has a P/B of 6.51.
These metrics, and several others, help VRNT earn a Value grade of B, while PEGA has been given a Value grade of D.
VRNT has seen stronger estimate revision activity and sports more attractive valuation metrics than PEGA, so it seems like value investors will conclude that VRNT is the superior option right now.