Are Investors Undervaluing Flexible Solutions International (FSI) Right Now?
Here at Zacks, we focus on our proven ranking system, which places an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions, to find winning stocks. But we also understand that investors develop their own strategies, so we are constantly looking at the latest trends in value, growth, and momentum to find strong companies for our readers.
Of these, perhaps no stock market trend is more popular than value investing, which is a strategy that has proven to be successful in all sorts of market environments. Value investors use fundamental analysis and traditional valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are being undervalued by the market at large.
Zacks has developed the innovative Style Scores system to highlight stocks with specific traits. For example, value investors will be interested in stocks with great grades in the "Value" category. When paired with a high Zacks Rank, "A" grades in the Value category are among the strongest value stocks on the market today.
One company value investors might notice is Flexible Solutions International (FSI). FSI is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), as well as an A grade for Value. The stock has a Forward P/E ratio of 5.67. This compares to its industry's average Forward P/E of 13.75. FSI's Forward P/E has been as high as 11.91 and as low as 3.65, with a median of 6.72, all within the past year.
Value investors also use the P/S ratio. The P/S ratio is is calculated as price divided by sales. Some people prefer this metric because sales are harder to manipulate on an income statement. This means it could be a truer performance indicator. FSI has a P/S ratio of 0.89. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 1.17.
Finally, our model also underscores that FSI has a P/CF ratio of 7.40. This metric focuses on a firm's operating cash flow and is often used to find stocks that are undervalued based on the strength of their cash outlook. FSI's current P/CF looks attractive when compared to its industry's average P/CF of 15.97. Over the past 52 weeks, FSI's P/CF has been as high as 11.68 and as low as 3.80, with a median of 7.45.
These figures are just a handful of the metrics value investors tend to look at, but they help show that Flexible Solutions International is likely being undervalued right now. Considering this, as well as the strength of its earnings outlook, FSI feels like a great value stock at the moment.
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