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7 Low Price-to-Sales Stocks To Garner Solid Profits

Published 05/03/2017, 10:15 PM
Updated 07/09/2023, 06:31 AM

A stock’s Price-to-Sales ratio reflects how much investors are paying for each dollar of revenues generated by the company.

If the Price-to-Sales ratio is 1, it means that investors are paying $1 for every $1 of revenues generated by the company. So it goes without saying that a stock with Price-to-Sales below 1 is a good bargain, as investors need to pay less than a dollar for a dollar’s worth.

Thus, a stock with a lower Price-to-Sales ratio is more suitable for investment versus a stock with a high Price-to-Sales ratio.

While Price-to-Earnings is the first thing to cross one’s mind while using valuation metrics, Price-to-Sales has emerged as a convenient tool to determine the value of stocks that are incurring losses or are in an early cycle of development, generating meager or no profits.

Though a loss-making company with a negative Price-to-Earnings ratio falls out of investors’ favor, its Price-to-Sales could indicate the hidden strength of its business. This underrated ratio is also used to identify recovery situation or ensure that a company's growth is not overvalued.

Price-to-Sales is often preferred over Price-to-Earnings as companies can manipulate their earnings using various accounting measures. However, sales are harder to manipulate and are relatively reliable.

However, one should keep in mind that a company with high debt and low Price-to-Sales is not an ideal choice. The high debt level will have to be paid off at some point, leading to further share issuance and a rise in market cap and ultimately a higher Price-to-Sales ratio.

In any case, the Price-to-Sales ratio used in isolation can’t do the trick. One should also analyze other ratios like Price/Earnings, Price/Book, Debt/Equity before arriving at any investment decision.

Screening Parameters

Price to Sales less than Median Price to Sales for its Industry: The lower the Price-to-Sales ratio, the better.

Price to Earnings using F(1) estimate less than Median Price to Earnings for its Industry: The lower, the better.

Price to Book (common Equity) less than Median Price to Book for its Industry: This is another parameter to ensure the value feature of a stock.

Debt to Equity (Most Recent) less than Median Debt to Equity for its Industry: A company with less debt should have a stable Price-to-Sales ratio.

Current Price greater than or equal to $5: They must all be trading at a minimum of $5 or higher.

Zacks Rank less than or equal to #2: Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or #2 (Buy) stocks are known to outperform irrespective of the market environment.

Value Style Score less than or equal to B: Our research shows that stocks with a Value Style Score of ‘A’ or ‘B’ when combined a Zacks Rank #1 or #2 offer the best opportunities in the value investing space.

Here are seven of the 22 stocks that qualified the screening:

Universal Forest Products Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI) engineers, manufactures, treats, distributes and installs lumber, composite wood, plastic and other building products. The stock currently has a Zacks Rank #2 and a Value score of ‘B’. Also, the 3–5 year EPS growth rate for the stock is estimated at 10%.

Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal (NYSE:MT) is the world’s leading steel and mining company. With a presence in more than 60 countries, it operates a balanced portfolio of cost competitive steel plants across both the developed and developing world. This Zacks Rank #1 company has a 3–5 years EPS growth rate of 11.5% and a Value score of ‘A’.

KT Corporation (NYSE:KT) is a telecommunications service provider in Korea. It offers mobile voice and data telecommunication services, fixed-line telephone services, and Internet phone services. It also provides broadband Internet access services and other Internet-related services. This Zacks Rank #2 company has a Value score of ‘A’.

POSCO (NYSE:PKX) is a producer and seller of steel rolled products and plates in South Korea and internationally. It has a 3–5 year EPS growth rate of 5%. The stock currently has a Value score of ‘A’ and a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

SK Telecom Co., Ltd. (NYSE:SKM) is a provider of wireless telecommunications services in South Korea. The company offers wireless voice transmission services, cellular global roaming services, and interconnection services to connect its networks to fixed-line and other wireless networks. This Zacks Rank #1 company’s 3–5 year EPS growth rate is pegged at 0.05%. The stock has a Value score of ‘A’.

Korea Electric Power Corporation (NYSE:KEP) , also known as KEPCO, is an integrated electric utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution of electricity and development of electric power resources in South Korea. This Zacks Rank #2 company’s 3–5 year EPS growth rate is pegged at 5%. The stock has a Value score of ‘A’.

Herndon, VA-based ePlus Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUS) was founded in 1990 and is a provider of information technology (IT) products and services, flexible leasing and financing solutions, and enterprise supply management in the U.S. It currently has a Zacks Rank #2 and a Value score of ‘B’. The stock has a 3–5 year EPS growth rate of 5%.

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