Value investing is easily one of the most popular ways to find great stocks in any market environment. After all, who wouldn’t want to find stocks that are either flying under the radar and are compelling buys, or offer up tantalizing discounts when compared to fair value?
One way to find these companies is by looking at several key metrics and financial ratios, many of which are crucial in the value stock selection process. Let’s put FTD Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:) stock into this equation and find out if it is a good choice for value-oriented investors right now, or if investors subscribing to this methodology should look elsewhere for top picks:
A key metric that value investors always look at is the Price to Earnings Ratio, or PE for short. This shows us how much investors are willing to pay for each dollar of earnings in a given stock, and is easily one of the most popular financial ratios in the world. The best use of the PE ratio is to compare the stock’s current PE ratio with: a) where this ratio has been in the past; b) how it compares to the average for the industry/sector; and c) how it compares to the market as a whole.
On this front, FTD Companies has a trailing twelve months PE ratio of 6.7, as you can see in the chart below:
This level actually compares pretty favorably with the market at large, as the PE for the stands at about 20.4. If we focus on the long-term PE trend, FTD Companies’ current PE is well below is equal to its low value scaled over the past three years.
Further, the stock’s PE compares favorably with the industry’s trailing twelve months PE ratio, which stands at 33.3. At the very least, this indicates that the stock is relatively undervalued right now, compared to its peers.
We should also point out that FTD Companies has a forward PE ratio (price relative to this year’s earnings) of 13.8, so it is fair to expect an increase in the company’s share price in the near future.P/S Ratio
Another key metric to note is the Price/Sales ratio. This approach compares a given stock’s price to its total sales, where a lower reading is generally considered better. Some people like this metric more than other value-focused ones because it looks at sales, something that is far harder to manipulate with accounting tricks than earnings.
Right now, FTD Companies has a P/S ratio of about 0.2. This is much lower than the S&P 500 average, which comes in at 3.4 right now. This makes the stock undervalued from the P/S aspect too.Broad Value Outlook
In aggregate, FTD Companies currently has a Value Score of B, putting it into the top 40% of all stocks we cover from this look. This makes FTD Companies a solid choice for value investors, and some of its other key metrics make this pretty clear too.
For example, its P/CF ratio (another great indicator of value) comes in at 0.5, is far better than the industry average of 8.1. Clearly, FTD is a solid choice on the value front from multiple angles.What About the Stock Overall?
While FTD Companies might be a good choice for value investors, there are plenty of other factors to consider before investing in this name. In particular, it is worth noting that the company has a Growth Score of C and a Momentum Score of D. This gives FTD a Zacks VGM score — or its overarching fundamental grade — of C. (You can read more about the Zacks Style Scores here >>
Meanwhile, the company’s recent earnings estimates have been encouraging. The current year and next has seen one estimate go higher in the past sixty days compared to none downward revisions.
As a result, the current year consensus estimate has increased by 6.8% in the past two months, while the next year estimate has inched higher by 20%. You can see the consensus estimate trend and recent price action for the stock in the chart below:FTD Companies, Inc. Price and Consensus
Even though FTD Companies has a better estimates trend, the stock has just a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). That is why we are looking for in-line performance from the company in the near term.
FTD Companies is an inspired choice for value investors, as it is hard to beat its incredible lineup of statistics on this front. However, with a sluggish industry rank (bottom 29%), it is hard to get too excited about this company overall. In fact, over the past year, its industry has clearly underperformed the broader market, as you can see below:
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