Investors looking for stocks in the Manufacturing – General Industrial sector might want to consider either GEA GROUP AG SP (GEAGY) or Barnes Group (B). But which of these two companies is the best option for those looking for undervalued stocks? Let’s take a closer look.
Everyone has their own methods for finding great value opportunities, but our model includes pairing an impressive grade in the Value category of our Style Scores system with a strong Zacks Rank. The Zacks Rank favors stocks with strong earnings estimate revision trends, and our Style Scores highlight companies with specific traits.
GEA GROUP AG SP and Barnes Group are sporting Zacks Ranks of #2 (Buy) and #4 (Sell), respectively, right now. The Zacks Rank favors stocks that have recently seen positive revisions to their earnings estimates, so investors should rest assured that GEAGY has an improving earnings outlook. 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.
GEAGY currently has a forward P/E ratio of 10.52, while B has a forward P/E of 17.28. We also note that GEAGY has a PEG ratio of 1.40. 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. B currently has a PEG ratio of 2.47.
Another notable valuation metric for GEAGY is its P/B ratio of 1.60. 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. By comparison, B has a P/B of 2.41.
Based on these metrics and many more, GEAGY holds a Value grade of A, while B has a Value grade of D.
GEAGY sticks out from B in both our Zacks Rank and Style Scores models, so value investors will likely feel that GEAGY is the better option right now.
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