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BMS vs. ATR: Which Stock Is the Better Value Option?


Investors looking for stocks in the Containers – Paper and Packaging sector might want to consider either Bemis (BMS) or AptarGroup (ATR). But which of these two stocks is more attractive to value investors? We’ll need to take a closer look to find out.

The best way to find great value stocks is to pair a strong Zacks Rank with an impressive 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.

Bemis and AptarGroup are sporting Zacks Ranks of #2 (Buy) and #4 (Sell), respectively, right now. The Zacks Rank favors stocks that have recently seen positive revisions to their earnings estimates, so investors should rest assured that BMS has an improving earnings outlook. However, value investors will care about much more than just this.

Value investors also tend to look at a number of traditional, tried-and-true figures to help them find stocks that they believe are undervalued at their current share price levels.

Our Value category grades stocks based on a number of key metrics, including the tried-and-true P/E ratio, the P/S ratio, earnings yield, and cash flow per share, as well as a variety of other fundamentals that value investors frequently use.

BMS currently has a forward P/E ratio of 15.64, while ATR has a forward P/E of 21.76. We also note that BMS has a PEG ratio of 2.13. This popular figure is similar to the widely-used P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also considers a company’s expected EPS growth rate. ATR currently has a PEG ratio of 2.56.

Another notable valuation metric for BMS is its P/B ratio of 3.59. The P/B is a method of comparing a stock’s market value to its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. By comparison, ATR has a P/B of 4.27.

Based on these metrics and many more, BMS holds a Value grade of B, while ATR has a Value grade of D.

BMS stands above ATR thanks to its solid earnings outlook, and based on these valuation figures, we also feel that BMS is the superior value option right now.

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