Is the pivot into value stocks for real this time? That has been one of the biggest questions facing investors over the last three months of 2019. As the economic outlook deteriorated, then brightened again, it seemed like the right time to take chances on stocks considered undervalued.
In what might be seen as an attempt to thread the needle, analysts at Jefferies produced a list of stocks that they describe as “Value BUT growing” — that is, expected sales growth over 3% in 2020. The analysts also screened for companies that are reducing their debt, have market capitalizations between $750 million and $30 billion, and derive more than 20% of their sales from outside the U.S.
The Jefferies analysts in a research note dated Friday come up with 13 names that fit those criteria. They make a couple of points about other themes that inform their thinking, as well: “Smaller small-cap” stocks have more attractive valuations than larger ones, they say. And they’re “getting more excited” about the outlook for overseas economies versus the U.S.
|Company||Sector||Foreign sales %||Forward price/earnings|
|Aptiv PLC /zigman2/quotes/204162392/composite APTV||Discretionary||73||17.5|
|Energizer Holdings, Inc. /zigman2/quotes/209643437/composite ENR||Staples||30||13.7|
|Integra LifeSciences /zigman2/quotes/200866868/composite IART||Health care||29||20.1|
|Dentsply Sirona /zigman2/quotes/204544124/composite XRAY||Health Care||68||20.9|
|Masco Corp . /zigman2/quotes/202412472/composite MAS||Industrials||21||17.9|
|Textron . /zigman2/quotes/210490092/composite TXT||Industrials||38||11.7|
|Univar Solutions /zigman2/quotes/200314151/composite UNVR||Industrials||43||14.8|
|Woodward /zigman2/quotes/201720095/composite WWD||Industrials||44||19.3|
|Microchip Technology /zigman2/quotes/208326291/composite MCHP||Info tech||80||16.5|
|Motorola Solutions /zigman2/quotes/203308192/composite MSI||Info tech||41||18.9|
|ON Semiconductor /zigman2/quotes/202641012/composite ON||Info tech||85||14.8|
|SolarWinds Corp. /zigman2/quotes/208088323/composite SWI||Info tech||39||20.2|
|Valvoline /zigman2/quotes/203583380/composite VVV||Materials||26||13.7|
|S&P 500||Broad market index||38||18.1|