Investors interested in Computer - Services stocks are likely familiar with CGI Group (GIB - Free Report) and Forrester Research (FORR - 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.
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 Zacks Rank favors stocks with strong earnings estimate revision trends, and our Style Scores highlight companies with specific traits.
CGI Group has a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), while Forrester Research has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold) right now. Investors should feel comfortable knowing that GIB likely has seen a stronger improvement to its earnings outlook than FORR has recently. But this is only part of the picture for value investors.
Value investors are also interested in a number of tried-and-true valuation metrics that help show when 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.
GIB currently has a forward P/E ratio of 16.41, while FORR has a forward P/E of 41.62. We also note that GIB has a PEG ratio of 1.82. 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. FORR currently has a PEG ratio of 3.47.
Another notable valuation metric for GIB is its P/B ratio of 3.16. 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, FORR has a P/B of 5.
These metrics, and several others, help GIB earn a Value grade of B, while FORR has been given a Value grade of C.
GIB stands above FORR thanks to its solid earnings outlook, and based on these valuation figures, we also feel that GIB is the superior value option right now.