Should Value Investors Choose Milacron (MCRN)?
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 Milacron Holdings Corp.MCRN 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, Milacron has a trailing twelve months PE ratio of 12.18, as you can see in the chart below:
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, Milacron has a P/S ratio of about 1.10. This is lower than the S&P 500 average, which comes in at 2.97 right now. Also, as we can see in the chart below, this is among the highs for this stock in particular over the past few years.
Broad Value Outlook
In aggregate, Milacron 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 Milacron a solid choice for value investors.
What About the Stock Overall?
Though Milacron 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 'F'. This gives MCRN a Zacks VGM score-or its overarching fundamental grade-of 'F'. (You can read more about the Zacks Style Scores here >> )
Meanwhile, the company's recent earnings estimates have been mixed at best. The current quarter has seen one estimate go higher in the past sixty days compared to one lower, while the full year estimate has seen one upward and no downward movement in the same time period.
Regardless of increase in the number of analyst, current quarter consensus estimate has declined by 8.3% in the past two months, while full year estimate has inched lower by 0.7%. You can see the consensus estimate trend and recent price action for the stock in the chart below:
Milacron Holdings Corp. Price and Consensus
In spite of the slightly bearish analyst opinion, the stock's Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) indicates robust fundamentals and expectations of outperformance in the near term.
Milacron is an inspired choice for value investors, as it is hard to beat its incredible lineup of statistics on this front. With a formidable industry rank (among the Top 8%) and strong Zacks Rank, Milacron looks like a strong value contender. Moreover,
over the past one year, the Zacks Manufacturing - Material Handling industry has significantly outperformed the broader market, as you can see below:
Zacks' Top 10 Stocks for 2017
In addition to the stocks discussed above, would you like to know about our 10 finest tickers for the entirety of 2017?
Who wouldn't? These 10 are painstakingly hand-picked from 4,400 companies covered by the Zacks Rank. They are our primary picks to buy and hold. Be among the very first to see them >>
The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.