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6 Highly Predictable Companies with Historically Low P/S Ratios
Posted by: Dianne Tordillo (IP Logged)
Date: November 27, 2012 05:12PM

Below are six companies that GuruFocus ranks 5 stars in Business Predictability, maintaining consistency in revenue and earnings growth in the past decade, and are trading at or close to their historical low P/S ratios, according to GuruFocus Historical Low P/S Company Screener.

Apollo Group Inc. (APOL)


Apollo Group’s P/S ratio is at its historical low of 0.5.

With a market cap of $2.11 billion, Apollo Group is a private education provider, offering online and on-campus undergraduate, master and doctoral academic offerings. Having been in business for more than 35 years, Apollo’s programs can physically be found in more than 30 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Latin America and Europe; its online offerings are available throughout the world.

Currently priced at $19.44, up almost 3% per today’s afternoon trading, Apollo has a P/E (ttm) ratio of 5.5 and a P/B ratio of 2.3.

View its holding history with Gurus at APOL: Holding History. To review Apollo’s financial data, go to its 10-Year Financials page.


CBIZ Inc. (CBZ)


CBIZ Inc.’s P/S ratio is 0.4, close to its historical low of 0.35.

With a market cap of $278.3 million, CBIZ provides various business services aiding the growth of companies; its services include accounting, employee benefits, property/casualty brokerage and risk consulting, valuation, medical management and retirement plan services. The company has more than 130 offices in the U.S.

CBIZ currently trades at $5.56 per share, with a P/E (ttm) ratio of 9.5 and a P/B ratio of 1.

View its holding history with Gurus at CBZ: Holding History. To review Apollo’s financial data, go to its 10-Year Financials page.


Becton Dickinson & Co. (BDX)


Becton Dickinson’s P/S ratio is 2, close to its historical low of 1.64.

With a market cap of $15.51 billion, Becton Dickinson is a global manufacturer of medical devices, instrument systems and reagents. It consists of three segments: medical, diagnostics and biosciences.

Trading at $77.55 per share, Becton’s P/E ratio is at its 10-year low of 13.8; its P/B ratio is close to its three-year high at 3.7.

View its holding history with Gurus at BDX: Holding History. Also review its financial data on its 10-Year Financials page.


PepsiCo Inc. (PEP)


PepsiCo’s P/S ratio is 1.6, close to its historical low of 1.47.

With a market cap of $109.24 billion, PepsiCo is a global food and products company that includes 22 brands under its label. Its main businesses are: Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola.

Currently, PepsiCo trades at $70.13 per share. It has a dividend yield of 3.1 percent, a P/E ratio of 17.9, close to its 10-year low and a P/B ratio of 5, close to its two-year high.

View its holding history with Gurus at PEP: Holding History. Also review its financial data on its 10-Year Financials page.


Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT)


Wal-Mart’s P/S ratio is 0.5, close to its historical low of 0.4.

With a market cap of $235.97 billion, Wal-Mart, offers products for sale at lower prices compared to competing retailers, operating 10,400 stores in 27 countries; its ecommerce site is available in 10 countries.

Currently, Wal-Mart trades at $69.71 per share, close to its 10-year high. Its P/E ratio is 13.8, close to its 10-year low. Its P/B ratio is 3.

View its holding history with Gurus at WMT: Holding History. Also review its financial data on its 10-year Financials page.


Mantech International Corp. (MANT)


Mantech International’s P/S ratio is 0.3, close to its historical low of 0.27.

With a market cap of $927.7 million, Mantech is a company that combines emerging technology and national security needs to produce solutions for various fields including defense, law enforcement, science and administration, according to Mantech.com.

Mantech stock is up almost 2 percent per today’s afternoon trading, priced at $25.18. Its P/E (ttm) ratio is 8.3 and its P/B ratio is 0.8.

View its holding history with Gurus at MANT: Holding History. To review Mantech’s financial data, visit its 10-Year Financials page.

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Stocks Discussed: APOL, CBZ, BDX, PEP, WMT, MANT,
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