U.S. Markets closed

MANT vs. PDFS: Which Stock Should Value Investors Buy Now?

Zacks Equity Research
Ardagh Group (ARD) doesn't possess the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely earnings beat in its upcoming report. Get prepared with the key expectations.

Investors with an interest in Computer - Services stocks have likely encountered both ManTech International (MANT) and PDF Solutions (PDFS). But which of these two stocks offers value investors a better bang for their buck right now? We'll need to 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 proven Zacks Rank puts an emphasis on earnings estimates and estimate revisions, while our Style Scores work to identify stocks with specific traits.

Currently, ManTech International has a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), while PDF Solutions has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold). This means that MANT's earnings estimate revision activity has been more impressive, so investors should feel comfortable with its improving analyst outlook. However, value investors will care about much more than just this.

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.

Our Value category highlights undervalued companies by looking at a variety of key metrics, including the popular P/E ratio, as well as the P/S ratio, earnings yield, cash flow per share, and a variety of other fundamentals that have been used by value investors for years.

MANT currently has a forward P/E ratio of 23.62, while PDFS has a forward P/E of 47.35. We also note that MANT has a PEG ratio of 2.95. 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. PDFS currently has a PEG ratio of 3.95.

Another notable valuation metric for MANT is its P/B ratio of 1.53. 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, PDFS has a P/B of 1.99.

These metrics, and several others, help MANT earn a Value grade of B, while PDFS has been given a Value grade of F.

MANT has seen stronger estimate revision activity and sports more attractive valuation metrics than PDFS, so it seems like value investors will conclude that MANT is the superior option right now.


Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report
 
ManTech International Corporation (MANT) : Free Stock Analysis Report
 
PDF Solutions, Inc. (PDFS) : Free Stock Analysis Report
 
To read this article on Zacks.com click here.
 
Zacks Investment Research