PLCE or GOOS: Which Is the Better Value Stock Right Now?

Investors interested in stocks from the Retail – Apparel and Shoes sector have probably already heard of The Children’s Place (PLCE Free Report) and Canada Goose (GOOS Free Report) . 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 is a proven strategy that targets companies with positive earnings estimate revision trends, while our Style Scores work to grade companies based on specific traits.

Right now, both The Children’s Place and Canada Goose are sporting a Zacks Rank of # 1 (Strong Buy). This means that both companies have witnessed positive earnings estimate revisions, so investors should feel comfortable knowing that both of these stocks have an improving earnings outlook. But this is only part of the picture for value investors.

Value investors also try to analyze a wide range of traditional figures and metrics to help determine whether a company is undervalued at its current share price levels.

The Value category of the Style Scores system identifies undervalued companies by looking at a number of key metrics. These include the long-favored P/E ratio, P/S ratio, earnings yield, cash flow per share, and a variety of other fundamentals that help us determine a company’s fair value.

PLCE currently has a forward P/E ratio of 6.47, while GOOS has a forward P/E of 37.18. We also note that PLCE has a PEG ratio of 0.81. 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. GOOS currently has a PEG ratio of 1.20.

Another notable valuation metric for PLCE is its P/B ratio of 5.69. The P/B ratio pits a stock’s market value against its book value, which is defined as total assets minus total liabilities. For comparison, GOOS has a P/B of 14.11.

Based on these metrics and many more, PLCE holds a Value grade of B, while GOOS has a Value grade of F.

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

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