Investors interested in Utility - Electric Power stocks are likely familiar with National Grid (NGG - Free Report) and Consolidated Edison (ED - 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.
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 Zacks Rank is a proven strategy that targets companies with positive earnings estimate revision trends, while our Style Scores work to grade companies based on specific traits.
National Grid has a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), while Consolidated Edison has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold) right now. Investors should feel comfortable knowing that NGG likely has seen a stronger improvement to its earnings outlook than ED has recently. But this is just one factor that value investors are interested in.
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 Style Score Value grade factors in a variety of key fundamental metrics, including the popular P/E ratio, P/S ratio, earnings yield, cash flow per share, and a number of other key stats that are commonly used by value investors.
NGG currently has a forward P/E ratio of 13.95, while ED has a forward P/E of 19.34. We also note that NGG has a PEG ratio of 9.30. 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. ED currently has a PEG ratio of 9.67.
Another notable valuation metric for NGG is its P/B ratio of 1.48. 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, ED has a P/B of 1.56.
These metrics, and several others, help NGG earn a Value grade of B, while ED has been given a Value grade of C.
NGG sticks out from ED in both our Zacks Rank and Style Scores models, so value investors will likely feel that NGG is the better option right now.