Here at Zacks, we focus on our proven ranking system, which places an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions, to find winning stocks. But we also understand that investors develop their own strategies, so we are constantly looking at the latest trends in value, growth, and momentum to find strong companies for our readers.
Looking at the history of these trends, perhaps none is more beloved than value investing. This strategy simply looks to identify companies that are being undervalued by the broader market. Value investors use fundamental analysis and traditional valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are being undervalued by the market at large.
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.
Costamare (CMRE - Free Report) is a stock many investors are watching right now. CMRE is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), as well as a Value grade of A. The stock has a Forward P/E ratio of 7.98. This compares to its industry's average Forward P/E of 15.03. Over the past 52 weeks, CMRE's Forward P/E has been as high as 11.03 and as low as 5.42, with a median of 7.98.
Investors should also note that CMRE holds a PEG ratio of 1.53. 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. CMRE's PEG compares to its industry's average PEG of 2.46. Within the past year, CMRE's PEG has been as high as 2.21 and as low as 1.08, with a median of 1.57.
Another notable valuation metric for CMRE is its P/B ratio of 0.53. The P/B is a method of comparing a stock's market value to its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. This stock's P/B looks solid versus its industry's average P/B of 0.78. Within the past 52 weeks, CMRE's P/B has been as high as 0.54 and as low as 0.34, with a median of 0.46.
Finally, we should also recognize that CMRE has a P/CF ratio of 3.60. This figure highlights a company's operating cash flow and can be used to find firms that are undervalued when considering their impressive cash outlook. This stock's P/CF looks attractive against its industry's average P/CF of 7.04. Over the past year, CMRE's P/CF has been as high as 4.38 and as low as 2.55, with a median of 3.36.
Value investors will likely look at more than just these metrics, but the above data helps show that Costamare is likely undervalued currently. And when considering the strength of its earnings outlook, CMRE sticks out at as one of the market's strongest value stocks.