Investors interested in stocks from the Medical - Products sector have probably already heard of Lonza Group Ag (LZAGY - Free Report) and Boston Scientific (BSX - Free Report) . But which of these two stocks offers value investors a better bang for their buck right now? We'll need to take a closer look.
The best way to find great value stocks is to pair a strong Zacks Rank with an impressive grade in the Value category of our Style Scores system. The proven Zacks Rank puts an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions, while our Style Scores work to identify stocks with specific traits.
Lonza Group Ag and Boston Scientific are sporting Zacks Ranks of #2 (Buy) and #4 (Sell), respectively, right now. Investors should feel comfortable knowing that LZAGY likely has seen a stronger improvement to its earnings outlook than BSX has recently. But this is just one piece of the puzzle 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 grades stocks based on a number of key metrics, including the tried-and-true P/E ratio, the P/S ratio, earnings yield, and cash flow per share, as well as a variety of other fundamentals that value investors frequently use.
LZAGY currently has a forward P/E ratio of 23.03, while BSX has a forward P/E of 23.88. We also note that LZAGY has a PEG ratio of 2.30. This figure is similar to the commonly-used P/E ratio, with the PEG ratio also factoring in a company's expected earnings growth rate. BSX currently has a PEG ratio of 2.42.
Another notable valuation metric for LZAGY is its P/B ratio of 3.39. Investors use the P/B ratio to look at a stock's market value versus its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. By comparison, BSX has a P/B of 6.51.
These are just a few of the metrics contributing to LZAGY's Value grade of B and BSX's Value grade of D.
LZAGY has seen stronger estimate revision activity and sports more attractive valuation metrics than BSX, so it seems like value investors will conclude that LZAGY is the superior option right now.