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Screen of the Week of Zacks Investment Research:
Pick 5 Bargain Stocks with Attractive EV/EBITDA Ratios
The price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio is broadly considered by investors as a yardstick for assessing the fair market value of a stock. The idea of hunting for stocks with a low P/E is ingrained in the minds of many value investors. But even this straightforward, broadly used valuation metric suffers a few downsides.
What Makes EV/EBITDA a Better Alternative?
Although P/E is preferred by many investors while uncovering bargain stocks, another valuation metric called EV/EBITDA does a better job. The ratio is sometimes viewed as a superior substitute as it offers a clearer picture of a firm's valuation and its earnings potential. EV/EBITDA has a more comprehensive approach to valuation as it determines a firm's total value. In contrast, P/E just considers a firm's equity portion.
Also known as the enterprise multiple, EV/EBITDA is the enterprise value (EV) of a stock divided by its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA). EV is the sum of a company's market capitalization, its debt and preferred stock minus cash and cash equivalents.
EBITDA, the other element, gives the true picture of a company's profitability as it removes the impact of non-cash expenses like depreciation and amortization that depress net earnings. It is also often used as a proxy for cash flows.
Generally, the lower the EV/EBITDA ratio, the more alluring it is. A low EV/EBITDA ratio could signal that a stock is potentially undervalued.
EV/EBITDA also takes into account the debt on a company's balance sheet that P/E does not. Due to this reason, EV/EBITDA is generally used to value potential acquisition targets as it shows the amount of debt the acquirer has to assume. Stocks with a low EV/EBITDA multiple could be seen as attractive takeover candidates.
Another major drawback of P/E is that it can't be used to value a loss-making entity. Moreover, a firm's earnings are subject to accounting estimates and management manipulation. On the other hand, EV/EBITDA is less open to manipulation and can also be used to value companies that are making loss but are EBITDA-positive.
Moreover, EV/EBITDA is a useful tool in assessing the value of companies that are highly leveraged and have a high degree of depreciation. The ratio also allows the comparison of companies with different debt levels.
However, EV/EBITDA is not devoid of limitations and it alone can't conclusively determine a stock's inherent potential and its future performance. The ratio varies across industries and is generally not appropriate while comparing stocks in different industries given their diverse capital spending requirements.
As such, a strategy only based on EV/EBITDA might not fetch the desired results. But you can combine it with other major ratios such as price-to-book (P/B), P/E and price-to-sales (P/S) to screen bargain stocks.
And that's what we're screening for today…
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