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ON or SLAB: Which Is the Better Value Stock Right Now?


Investors with an interest in Semiconductor – Analog and Mixed stocks have likely encountered both ON Semiconductor Corp. (ON) and Silicon Laboratories (SLAB). But which of these two companies is the best option for those looking for undervalued stocks? Let’s take a closer look.

We have found that the best way to discover great value opportunities is to pair a strong Zacks Rank with a great grade in the Value category of our Style Scores system. The Zacks Rank favors stocks with strong earnings estimate revision trends, and our Style Scores highlight companies with specific traits.

Both ON Semiconductor Corp. and Silicon Laboratories have a Zacks Rank of # 2 (Buy) right now. The Zacks Rank favors stocks that have recently seen positive revisions to their earnings estimates, so investors should rest assured that both of these companies have improving earnings outlooks. But this is just one factor that value investors are interested in.

Value investors analyze a variety of traditional, tried-and-true metrics to help find companies that they believe are undervalued at their current share price levels.

The Style Score Value grade factors in a variety of key fundamental metrics, including the popular P/E ratio, P/S ratio, earnings yield, cash flow per share, and a number of other key stats that are commonly used by value investors.

ON currently has a forward P/E ratio of 11.91, while SLAB has a forward P/E of 25.99. We also note that ON has a PEG ratio of 0.90. This figure is similar to the commonly-used P/E ratio, with the PEG ratio also factoring in a company’s expected earnings growth rate. SLAB currently has a PEG ratio of 1.73.

Another notable valuation metric for ON is its P/B ratio of 3.02. The P/B ratio is used to compare a stock’s market value with its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. For comparison, SLAB has a P/B of 4.10.

Based on these metrics and many more, ON holds a Value grade of A, while SLAB has a Value grade of D.

Both ON and SLAB are impressive stocks with solid earnings outlooks, but based on these valuation figures, we feel that ON is the superior value option right now.

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