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Is PVH Corp a Great Stock for Value Investors?

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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 PVH Corp.PVH 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:

PE Ratio

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, PVH Corp. has a trailing twelve months PE ratio of 15.2, as you can see in the chart below:

This level actually compares pretty favorably with the market at large, as the PE for the S&P 500 stands at about 20.2. If we focus on the long-term PE trend, PVH Corp's current PE level puts it below its midpoint over the past five years, with the number having risen rapidly over the past few months.

Further, the stock's PE also compares favorably with the Zacks classified Textile - Apparel Manufacturiindustry's trailing twelve months PE ratio, which stands at 16.9. At the very least, this indicates that the stock is relatively undervalued right now, compared to its peers.

We should also point out that PVH Corp has a forward PE ratio (price relative to this year's earnings) of just 14.2, so it is fair to say that a slightly more value-oriented path may be ahead for PVH Corp stock in the near term.

P/CF Ratio

An often overlooked ratio that can still be a great indicator of value is the price/cash flow metric. This ratio doesn't take amortization and depreciation into account, so can give a more accurate picture of the financial health in a business. This is a preferred metric to some valuation investors because cash flows are (a) generally less prone to manipulation by the company's management and (b) are less affected by variation in accounting policies between different companies.

The ratio is generally applied to find out whether a company's stock is overpriced or underpriced with reference to its cash flows generation potential compared with its competitors. However, it is not commonly used for cross-industry comparison, as the average price to cash flow ratio varies from industry to industry.

In this case, PVH Corp's P/CF ratio of 11.8 is lower than the Zacks classified Textile - Apparel manufacturing industry average of 16.8, which indicates that the stock is somewhat overvalued in this respect.

Broad Value Outlook

In aggregate, PVH Corp currently has a Zacks Value Style Score of 'B', putting it into the top 40% of all stocks we cover from this look. This makes PVH Corp a solid choice for value investors, and some of its other key metrics make this pretty clear too.

For example, the PEG ratio for PVH Corp is just 1.3, a level that is tad lower than the industry average of 1.4. The PEG ratio is a modified PE ratio that takes into account the stock's earnings growth rate. Clearly, AAPL is a solid choice on the value front from multiple angles.

What About the Stock Overall?

Though PVH Corp 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 grade of 'F' and a Momentum score of 'A'. This gives PVH 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 positive. Both the current quarter and the current year have seen five estimates go higher in the past thirty days compared to no lower in the same time period.

As a result, the current quarter consensus estimate has increased by 7.2% in the past one month, while the full year estimate has risen by 1.1%. You can see the consensus estimate trend and recent price action for the stock in the chart below:

PVH Corp. Price and Consensus

PVH Corp. Price and Consensus | PVH Corp. Quote

This positive trend is the reason why the stock has just a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and why we are looking for in-line performance from the company in the near term.

Bottom Line

PVH Corp is an inspired choice for value investors, as it is hard to beat its incredible lineup of statistics on this front.

Boasting a good industry rank (top 32% out of more than 250 industries) and a solid Zacks Rank, the company deserves attention right now. So, it might pay for value investors to delve deeper into the company's prospects, as fundamentals indicate that this stock could be a compelling pick.

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