Should Value Investors Buy Tech Data (TECD) Stock?
Here at Zacks, our focus is on the proven Zacks Rank system, which emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find great stocks. Nevertheless, we are always paying attention to the latest value, growth, and momentum trends to underscore strong picks.
Of these, perhaps no stock market trend is more popular than value investing, which is a strategy that has proven to be successful in all sorts of market environments. Value investors use tried-and-true metrics and fundamental analysis to find companies that they believe are undervalued at their current share price levels.
Zacks has developed the innovative Style Scores system to highlight stocks with specific traits. For example, value investors will be interested in stocks with great grades in the "Value" category. When paired with a high Zacks Rank, "A" grades in the Value category are among the strongest value stocks on the market today.
Tech Data (TECD) is a stock many investors are watching right now. TECD is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy), as well as a Value grade of A. The stock is trading with a P/E ratio of 7.34, which compares to its industry's average of 8.02. Over the past 52 weeks, TECD's Forward P/E has been as high as 11.06 and as low as 6.44, with a median of 7.70.
Investors should also note that TECD holds a PEG ratio of 0.84. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. TECD's industry has an average PEG of 0.95 right now. Over the past 52 weeks, TECD's PEG has been as high as 1.11 and as low as 0.37, with a median of 0.94.
Value investors also love the P/S ratio, which is calculated by simply dividing a stock's price with the company's sales. Some people prefer this metric because sales are harder to manipulate on an income statement. This means it could be a truer performance indicator. TECD has a P/S ratio of 0.08. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 0.19.
Finally, we should also recognize that TECD has a P/CF ratio of 8.45. This metric focuses on a firm's operating cash flow and is often used to find stocks that are undervalued based on the strength of their cash outlook. This company's current P/CF looks solid when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 9.72. Over the past year, TECD's P/CF has been as high as 15.55 and as low as 7.13, with a median of 11.38.
Value investors will likely look at more than just these metrics, but the above data helps show that Tech Data is likely undervalued currently. And when considering the strength of its earnings outlook, TECD sticks out at as one of the market's strongest value stocks.
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