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Is AB Electrolux 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 AB Electrolux ELUXY 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, AB Electrolux has a trailing twelve months PE ratio of 21.59, as you can see in the chart below:

However, this level actually compares unfavorably with the market at large, as the PE for the S&P 500 stands at about 19.92. If we focus on the long-term PE trend, AB Electrolux’s current PE level puts it above its midpoint over the past five years, with the number having fallen rapidly over the past few months.

As we can see from the following chart, the company’s PE multiple has fallen sharply in early 2016. This was driven by an increase in earnings, without a corresponding increase in price. These trends indicate that the stock might be trading at a good entry point

Further, the stock’s PE also compares favorably with the Zacks classified Consumer Discretionary sector’s trailing twelve months PE ratio, which stands at 25.19. At the very least, this indicates that the stock is relatively undervalued right now, compared to its peers.

We should also point out that AB Electrolux has a forward PE ratio (price relative to this year’s earnings) of just 13.44, so it is fair to say that a slightly more value-oriented path may be ahead for AB Electrolux stock in the near term too.

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, AB Electrolux has a P/S ratio of about 0.50. This is substantially lower than the S&P 500 average, which comes in at 2.98 right now. Also, as we can see in the chart below, this is below the highs for this stock in particular over the past few years.

If anything, this suggests some level of undervalued trading—at least compared to historical norms.

Broad Value Outlook

In aggregate, AB Electrolux currently has a Zacks Value Style Score of ‘A’, putting it into the top 20% of all stocks we cover from this look. This makes AB Electrolux a solid choice for value investors, and some of its other key metrics make this pretty clear too.

For example, the P/CF ratio (another great indicator of value) of AB Electrolux comes in at 8.98, which is far better than the industry average of 10.00. Clearly, ELUXY is a solid choice on the value front from multiple angles.

What About the Stock Overall?

Though AB Electrolux 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 ‘C’ and a Momentum score of ‘F’. This gives ELUXY 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 mixed at best. The estimate for 2016 has seen no higher revision in the past sixty days compared to one lower, while 2017 estimate has seen one up and none down in the same time period.

This has had a noticeable impact on the consensus estimate, as the 2016 consensus estimate has dropped by 1.7% in the past two months, while that of 2017 has risen by 5.7%. You can see the consensus estimate trend and recent price action for the stock in the chart below:

Electrolux AB Price and Consensus

Electrolux AB Price and Consensus | Electrolux AB Quote

This mixed trend indicates that while the stock’s growth story is intact over the medium term, analysts have some apprehensions about the stock in the immediate future. Also consider the fact that the company boasts a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), which indicates robust fundamentals and expectations of outperformance in the near term. Thus, we can say that while investors may expect slight short-term pain, AB Electrolux remains a formidable value proposition, with strong supporting growth prospects.

Bottom Line

AB Electrolux 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 16%) and a strong Zacks Rank, AB Electrolux looks like a strong value contender. In fact, over the past one year, the Zacks Appliances-Household industry has clearly outperformed the broader market, as you can see below:

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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