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Is Nissan Motor (NSANY) 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 Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. NSANY 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, Nissan Motor has a trailing twelve months PE ratio of 7.3, 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 20.7. If we focus on the long-term PE trend, Nissan Motor’s current PE level puts it below its midpoint of 9.3 over the past five years. Also, the current level stands below the highs for the stock, suggesting that it could be a solid entry point.



Further, the stock’s PE compares favorably with the Zacks Auto sector’s trailing twelve months PE ratio, which stands at 12.6. At the very least, this indicates that the stock is relatively undervalued right now, compared to its peers.



We should also point out that Nissan Motor’s forward PE is roughly same as its trailing twelve months value, so we might say that the forward earnings estimates are incorporated in the company’s share price as of now. We define forward PE as current price relative to the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current fiscal year.

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, Nissan Motor has a P/S ratio of about 0.3. This is much lower than the S&P 500 average, which comes in at 3.3 right now. Also, as we can see in the chart below, this stands below the highs for this stock in particular over the past few years.



Broad Value Outlook

In aggregate, Nissan Motor currently has a Value Score of A, putting it into the top 20% of all stocks we cover from this look. This makes Nissan Motor 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) for Nissan Motor is just 3.1, a level that is far lower than the industry average of 5.6. Clearly, NSANY is a solid choice on the value front from multiple angles.

What About the Stock Overall?

Though Nissan Motor 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 Score of C and a Momentum Score of B. This gives NSANY a Zacks VGM score — or its overarching fundamental grade — of A. (You can read more about the Zacks Style Scores here >>)

Meanwhile, the company’s current quarter and full year estimates have seen one and two upward revisions respectively in the past sixty days, compared to no downward revisions. However, this has had a negative impact on the consensus estimate, as the current quarter consensus estimate has dropped by 3.1% in the past two months, while the full year estimate has inched lower by 0.8%. You can see the consensus estimate trend and recent price action for the stock in the chart below:

Nissan Motor Co. Price and Consensus

Nissan Motor Co. Price and Consensus | Nissan Motor Co. Quote


Given these trends, the stock has just a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), which indicates why we are looking for in-line performance from the company in the near term.

Bottom Line

Nissan Motor is an inspired choice for value investors, as it is hard to beat its incredible lineup of statistics on this front. Further, this Zacks Rank #3 company enjoys a solid Zacks Industry Rank (among Top 5% of more than 250 industries). However, owing to some hurdles, the industry has underperformed the broader market over the past year. This is visible from the chart below:



So, value investors might want to wait for estimates and analyst sentiment to turn around in this name first, but once that happens, this stock could be a compelling pick.

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