While the proven Zacks Rank places an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find strong stocks, we also know that investors tend to develop their own individual strategies. With this in mind, we are always looking at value, growth, and momentum trends to discover great companies.
Of these, value investing is easily one of the most popular ways to find great stocks in any market environment. Value investors use tried-and-true metrics and fundamental analysis to find companies that they believe are undervalued at their current share price levels.
On top of the Zacks Rank, investors can also look at our innovative Style Scores system to find stocks with specific traits. For example, value investors will want to focus on the "Value" category. Stocks with high Zacks Ranks and "A" grades for Value will be some of the highest-quality value stocks on the market today.
One company value investors might notice is Fly Leasing (FLY - Free Report) . FLY is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy), as well as a Value grade of A. The stock is trading with P/E ratio of 4.56 right now. For comparison, its industry sports an average P/E of 11.52. Over the past 52 weeks, FLY's Forward P/E has been as high as 79.87 and as low as 4.56, with a median of 5.91.
FLY is also sporting a PEG ratio of 0.46. 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. FLY's industry has an average PEG of 1.13 right now. Over the last 12 months, FLY's PEG has been as high as 7.99 and as low as 0.46, with a median of 0.59.
Another valuation metric that we should highlight is FLY's P/B ratio of 0.52. 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. This company's current P/B looks solid when compared to its industry's average P/B of 1.33. FLY's P/B has been as high as 0.77 and as low as 0.52, with a median of 0.69, over the past year.
Value investors also frequently use the P/S ratio. This metric is found by dividing a stock's price with the company's revenue. This is a popular metric because sales are harder to manipulate on an income statement, so they are often considered a better performance indicator. FLY has a P/S ratio of 0.88. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 1.1.
Finally, investors should note that FLY has a P/CF ratio of 1.72. This metric takes into account a company's operating cash flow and can be used to find stocks that are undervalued based on their solid cash outlook. FLY's current P/CF looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 4.27. Over the past year, FLY's P/CF has been as high as 5.10 and as low as 1.72, with a median of 2.34.
These are just a handful of the figures considered in Fly Leasing's great Value grade. Still, they help show that the stock is likely being undervalued at the moment. Add this to the strength of its earnings outlook, and we can clearly see that FLY is an impressive value stock right now.