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3 Stocks for the Value Investor

Value investors may be interested in the following companies whose stocks have the following characteristics:

  • A price-earnings ratio that is less than 20.
  • A consistent history of earnings and sales generation, having increased both over the past five years with no net losses.
  • Optimistic recommendation ratings from Wall Street sell-side analysts.




Saul Centers

The first stock that meets the criteria is Saul Centers Inc. (NYSE:BFS).

The Bethesda, Maryland-based real estate investment trust saw its trailing 12-month revenue per share increase by 0.4% and its earnings per share without non-recurring items grow 1.5%, both on average every year over the past five years. The price-earnings ratio (19.27 as of Friday) declined 1.7% over the observed period.

The stock traded at $30.06 per share at close on Friday for a market capitalization of $697.39 million and a dividend yield of 7.05%.

GuruFocus assigned the company a low financial strength rating of 3 out of 10, but a very good profitability rating of 7 out of 10.

As of June, the stock has one buy rating and two hold ratings on Wall Street. Sell-side analysts have set an average target price of $35.33 per share.

Vectrus

The second stock that makes the cut is Vectrus Inc. (NYSE:VEC), a Colorado Springs, Colorado-based company that provides global infrustructure like facilities, logistics and other services such as security and supply chain.

The company saw its trailing 12-month revenue per share increase by 0.8% and its trailing 12-month EPS without NRI grow 8.4%, both on average every year over the past five years. The price-earnings ratio (14.91 as of Friday ) fell by 1.8% over the observed period.

The stock traded at $46.36 per share at close on Friday for a market capitalization of $537.30 million and a 52-week range of $28.9 to $59.24.

GuruFocus assigned a positive rating of 6 out of 10 to both the company's financial strength and its profitability.

As of June, Wall Street sell-side analysts recommended two buy ratings with an average target price of $63.50 per share.

Employers Holdings

The third stock that qualifies is Employers Holdings Inc. (NYSE:EIG), a Reno, Nevada-based commercial property and casualty insurer.

The company saw its trailing 12-month revenue per share increase by 1.3% and its trailing 12-month EPS without NRI increase by 9.7%, both on average every year over the past five years. The price-earnings ratio (13.93 as of Friday ) rose only slightly by 0.2% over the years in question.

The stock traded at $29.4 per share at close on Friday for a market capitalization of $892.98 million and a dividend yield of 3.2%.

GuruFocus assigned the company a positive rating of 5 out of 10 for both its financial strength and profitability.

As of June, the stock has a median recommendation rating of hold and an average target price of $40.50 per share.

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