For Immediate Release
Chicago, IL – July 13, 2023 – Stocks in this week’s article are G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. GIII, StoneCo Ltd. STNE, Unum Group UNM and Magna International Inc. MGA.
Pick These 4 Low P/CF Stocks to Garner Superior Returns
We always try to hit the jackpot while picking stocks. But striking the right chord each time is not easy unless blessed with a Midas touch. When it comes to the investment market, experts consider value style as one of the most effective approaches. Value investing is essentially about selecting stocks that have good things going on for them, even at a time when they have been beaten down by some external factors.
There are different valuation metrics to determine a stock’s inherent strength but a random selection of ratios cannot serve your purpose if you want a realistic assessment of a company’s financial position. For this, we recommend Price to Cash Flow (or P/CF) as one of the key metrics. This metric evaluates the market price of a stock relative to the amount of cash flow that the company is generating on a per-share basis — the lower the number, the better. G-III Apparel Group, Ltd., StoneCo Ltd., Unum Group and Magna International Inc. boasts a low P/CF ratio.
Price to Cash Flow Reveals Financial Health
Questions may arise as to why we are considering the Price to Cash Flow valuation metric, when the most widely used metric is Price/Earnings (or P/E). Well, what makes P/CF stand out is that operating cash flow adds back non-cash charges such as depreciation and amortization to net income, truly reflecting the financial health of a company.
Analysts caution that a company’s earnings are subject to accounting estimates and management manipulation. However, cash flow is reliable. It is net cash flow that reveals how much money a company is actually generating and how effectively management is putting the same to use.
A positive cash flow indicates an increase in the company’s liquid assets. This gives the company the means to settle debt, shell out for its expenses, reinvest in its business, endure downturns and finally pay back its shareholders. Then again, a negative cash flow implies a decline in the company’s liquidity, which in turn lowers its flexibility to support these moves.
What’s the Best Strategy?
An investment decision based solely on the P/CF metric may not fetch the desired results. To identify stocks that are trading at a discount, you should expand your search criteria and also consider the price-to-book ratio, price-to-earnings ratio and price-to-sales ratio. Adding a favorable Zacks Rank and a Value Score of A or B to your search criteria should lead to even better results as these eliminate the chance of falling into a value trap.
Here are four of the eight stocks that qualified the screening.
G-III Apparel, which designs, sources, and markets women’s and men’s apparel, sports a Zacks Rank #1. It has an expected EPS growth rate of 15% for three-five years. The company has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 47.4%, on average. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for G-III Apparel’s current financial year sales and EPS suggests growth of 1.9% and 0.4%, respectively, from the year-ago period. G-III Apparel has a Value Score of A. The stock has fallen 0.3% in the past year.
StoneCo, a leading provider of financial technology and software solutions, flaunts a Zacks Rank #1 and has an expected EPS growth rate of 55.2% for three-five years. The company has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 11.8%, on average.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for StoneCo’s current financial year sales and EPS suggests growth of 4.4% and 115.2%, respectively, from the year-ago period. STNE has a Value Score of A. Shares of STNE have rallied 30.3% in the past year.
Unum Group, which provides financial protection benefit solutions, carries a Zacks Rank #2 and has an expected EPS growth rate of 8.4% for three-five years. The company has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 18.6%, on average.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Unum Group’s current financial year sales and EPS suggests growth of 2.4% and 20.6%, respectively, from the year-ago period. UNUM Group has a Value Score of A. Shares of UNM have gained 49.7% in the past year.
Magna International, one of the world’s largest suppliers in the automotive space, carries a Zacks Rank #2. It has an expected EPS growth rate of 20.4% for three-five years. The company delivered an earnings surprise of 16.8% in the last reported quarter.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Magna International’s current financial year sales and EPS suggests growth of 8.8% and 20.2%, respectively, from the year-ago period. Magna International has a Value Score of A. Shares of MGA have risen 5.8% in the past year.
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