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Zacks.com featured highlights Covenant Logistics Group, TravelCenters of America, SpartanNash, Greif and Patrick Industries

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Chicago, IL – August 26, 2022 – Stocks in this week’s article are Covenant Logistics Group, Inc. CVLG, TravelCenters of America Inc. TA, SpartanNash Company SPTN, Greif, Inc. GEF and Patrick Industries, Inc. PATK.

Tap 5 Bargain Stocks with Incredibly Low EV/EBITDA Ratios

Investors generally have a fixation on the price-to-earnings (P/E) strategy while seeking stocks trading at attractive prices. This straight-forward, easy-to-calculate ratio is the most preferred among all the valuation metrics in the investment toolkit for working out the fair market value of a stock. But even this ubiquitously used valuation metric is not without its pitfalls.

Although P/E is the most popular valuation metric, a more complicated multiple called EV-to-EBITDA works even better. Often considered a better alternative to P/E, it gives the true picture of a company’s valuation and earnings potential, and has a more complete approach to valuation. While P/E considers a firm’s equity portion, EV-to-EBITDA determines its total value.

Covenant Logistics Group, Inc., TravelCenters of America Inc., SpartanNash Company, Greif, Inc. and Patrick Industries, Inc. are some stocks with attractive EV-to-EBITDA ratios.

EV-to-EBITDA is a Better Substitute, Here’s Why

Also referred to as enterprise multiple, EV-to-EBITDA is the enterprise value (EV) of a stock divided by its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA). EV is the sum of a company’s market capitalization, its debt and preferred stock minus cash and cash equivalents. In essence, it is the entire value of a company.

EBITDA, the other element of the ratio, gives a clearer picture of a company’s profitability as it strips out non-cash expenses like depreciation and amortization that reduce net earnings. It is also often used as a proxy for cash flows.

Generally, the lower the EV-to-EBITDA ratio, the more enticing it is. A low EV-to-EBITDA ratio could indicate that a stock is potentially undervalued.

Unlike P/E ratio, EV-to-EBITDA takes debt on a company’s balance sheet into account. Due to this reason, EV-to-EBITDA is generally used to value potential acquisition targets as it shows the amount of debt the acquirer has to assume. Stocks flaunting a low EV-to-EBITDA multiple could be seen as attractive takeover candidates.

Another major drawback of P/E is that it can’t be used to value a loss-making entity. A firm’s earnings are also subject to accounting estimates and management manipulation. In contrast, EV-to-EBITDA is less amenable to manipulation and can also be used to value companies that are making loss but are EBITDA-positive.

EV-to-EBITDA is also a useful tool for evaluating the value of firms that are highly leveraged and have a high degree of depreciation. Moreover, it can be used to compare companies with different levels of debt.

However, EV-to-EBITDA is also not without its shortcomings and alone cannot conclusively determine a stock’s inherent potential and future performance. The ratio varies across industries and is generally not appropriate while comparing stocks in different industries, given their diverse capital spending requirements.

Hence, a strategy entirely based on EV-to-EBITDA might not yield the desired results. But you can club it with other major ratios such as price-to-book (P/B), P/E and price-to-sales (P/S) to screen bargain stocks.

Here are our five picks out of the 16 stocks that passed the screen:

Covenant Logistics, together with its subsidiaries, offers a portfolio of transportation and logistics services. CVLG, a Zacks Rank #1 stock, has a Value Score of A.

Covenant Logistics has an expected year-over-year earnings growth rate of 50.4% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for CVLG's current-year earnings has been revised 18.6% upward over the last 60 days.

TravelCenters of America is the largest publicly traded full-service travel center network in the United States. TA, flaunting a Zacks Rank #1, has a Value Score of A. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

TravelCenters of America has an expected year-over-year earnings growth of 83.9% for the current year. The consensus estimate for TA’s current-year earnings has been revised 113.6% upward over the last 60 days.

SpartanNash distributes grocery products to a diverse group of independent and chain retailers, its corporate-owned retail stores, and U.S. military commissaries and exchanges. This Zacks Rank #2 stock has a Value Score of A.

SpartanNash has an expected earnings growth rate of 36.5% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for SPTN's current-year earnings has been revised 0.9% upward over the past 60 days.

Greif is a leading global producer of industrial packaging products and services. This Zacks Rank #2 stock has a Value Score of A.

Greif has an expected year-over-year earnings growth rate of 36.8% for the current fiscal year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for GEF's current fiscal-year earnings has been revised 0.4% upward over the past 60 days.

Patrick Industries is a leading component solutions provider for the recreational vehicle, marine and manufactured housing industries. This Zacks Rank #2 stock has a Value Score of A.

Patrick Industries has an expected year-over-year earnings growth rate of 36.6% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for PATK’s current-year earnings has been revised 1.2% upward over the past 60 days.

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