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MEET vs. MIME: Which Stock Should Value Investors Buy Now?

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Investors interested in Internet - Software stocks are likely familiar with Meet Group (MEET) and Mimecast (MIME). 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.

There are plenty of strategies for discovering value stocks, but we have found that pairing a strong Zacks Rank with an impressive grade in the Value category of our Style Scores system produces the best returns. 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.

Meet Group has a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), while Mimecast has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold) right now. This means that MEET's earnings estimate revision activity has been more impressive, so investors should feel comfortable with its improving analyst outlook. But this is just one piece of the puzzle for value investors.

Value investors are also interested in a number of tried-and-true valuation metrics that help show when 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.

MEET currently has a forward P/E ratio of 9.17, while MIME has a forward P/E of 100.68. We also note that MEET has a PEG ratio of 0.46. This popular metric is similar to the widely-known P/E ratio, with the difference being that the PEG ratio also takes into account the company's expected earnings growth rate. MIME currently has a PEG ratio of 5.03.

Another notable valuation metric for MEET is its P/B ratio of 1.59. 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, MIME has a P/B of 17.91.

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

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


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