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5 Lucrative PEG Stocks for GARP Investors

Here are five GARP stocks, PVH, DOLE, ASO, BERY and CAR, which qualify the screening criteria.

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In the equity market, investments need to be prudently hedged to overcome uncertainties and limit losses related to external shocks. A question that arises often is whether one should resort to a value strategy that seeks discounted stocks or opt for growth investing in times of extreme market instability.

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The investing track of the Oracle of Omaha over the past few decades and his gradual shift from being a pure-play value investor to a GARP (growth at a reasonable price) investor might give us all the answers.

Per the GARP theory, the strategic mingling of growth and value-investing principles gives us a hybrid strategy, offering an ideal investment by utilizing the best features of both. What GARPers look for is whether or not the stocks are somewhat undervalued and have solid sustainable growth potential (Investopedia).

Several stocks, which have surged significantly in the recent past, show an overwhelming success of this hybrid investing strategy over pure-play value and growth investments. Here we will discuss the success of five such stocks. These include PVH Corporation PVH, Dole plc DOLE, Academy Sports and Outdoors ASO, Berry Global Group BERY and Avis Budget Group CAR.

A Few More Words on GARP

GARP investing gives priority to one of the popular value metrics — the price/earnings growth (PEG) ratio. Although it is categorized under value investing, this strategy follows the principles of both growth and value investing.

The PEG ratio is defined as (Price/ Earnings)/Earnings Growth Rate

It relates the stocks’ P/E ratio with the future earnings growth rates.

While P/E alone gives an idea of stocks that are trading at a discount, PEG, while adding the growth element to it, helps identify stocks with solid future potential.

A lower PEG ratio, preferably less than 1, is always better for GARP investors.

Say for example, if a stock's P/E ratio is 10 and the expected long-term growth rate is 15%, the company's PEG will come down to 0.66, a ratio indicating both undervaluation and future growth potential.

Unfortunately, this ratio is often neglected due to investors' limitations to calculate the future earnings growth rate of a stock.

There are some drawbacks to using the PEG ratio though. It does not consider the very common situation of changing growth rates, such as the forecast of the first three years at a very high growth rate, followed by a sustainable but lower growth rate over the long term.

Hence, PEG-based investing can be even more rewarding if some other relevant parameters are also taken into consideration.

Here are the screening criteria for a winning strategy:

PEG Ratio less than X Industry Median

P/E Ratio (using F1) less than X Industry Median (For more accurate valuation purpose)

Zacks Rank of 1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) (Whether good market conditions or bad, stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 or #2 have a proven history of success.)

Market Capitalization greater than $1 Billion (This helps us to focus on companies that have strong liquidity.)

Average 20 Day Volume greater than 50,000: A substantial trading volume ensures that the stock is easily tradable.

Percentage Change F1 Earnings Estimate Revisions (4 Weeks) greater than 5%: Upward estimate revisions add to the optimism, suggesting further bullishness.

Value Score of less than or equal to B: Our research shows that stocks with a Style Score of A or B, when combined with a Zacks Rank #1, 2 or 3 (Hold), offer the best upside potential. 

Here are the five stocks out of the eight that qualified the screening:

PVH: Headquartered in New York, PVH was incorporated in 1976 and formerly known as Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. PVH specializes in designing and marketing branded dress shirts, neckwear, sportswear, jeanswear, intimate apparel, swim products, footwear, handbags and related products.

PVH stock can be an impressive value investment pick with its Zacks Rank #2 and a Value Score of B. Apart from a discounted PEG and P/E, PVH also has an impressive long-term expected growth rate of 37.5%.

Dole: Dole is a leading producer of fresh bananas and pineapples and one of the leaders in value-added salads and fresh-packed vegetables in the United States. Dole also has a growing presence in categories such as berries, avocados, and organic produce.

Dole stock can also be an impressive value investment pick with its Zacks Rank #2 and Value Score of A. Apart from a discounted PEG and P/E, Dole also has a solid long-term expected growth rate of 11.7%.

You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Academy Sports and Outdoors: This is a leading full-line sporting goods and outdoor recreation retailer in the United States. Academy Sports’ product assortment focuses on key categories of outdoor, apparel, footwear and sports & recreation through both leading national brands and a portfolio of 20 private label brands, which go well beyond traditional sporting goods and apparel offerings.

Academy Sports has an impressive growth rate of 15.1% for the next five years. The stock currently has a Value Score of A and carries a Zacks Rank #2.

Berry Global: The company manufactures and distributes nonwoven specialty materials, engineered materials and consumer packaging products in the market. Berry Global services personal care, healthcare as well as beverage and food markets in South America, North America, Asia and Europe.

Berry Global carries a Zacks Rank of 1 and has a Value Score of A. Berry Global has an impressive long-term historical growth rate of 23.8%.

Avis Budget: Headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., Avis Budget operates as a leading vehicle rental operator in North America, Europe and Australasia with an average rental fleet of nearly 650,000 vehicles. Avis Budget is a leading global provider of mobility solutions through its three most recognized brands — Avis, Budget and Zipcar.  

Avis Budget can also be an impressive value investment pick with its Zacks Rank #1 and a Value Score of B. Apart from a discounted PEG and P/E, the stock also has a solid long-term expected growth rate of 18.8%.

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