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Guru Stocks Trading Within 10% of Their Lowest P/B and Share Price
Posted by: Holly LaFon (IP Logged)
Date: July 1, 2013 05:01PM

GuruFocus’ All-in-One Guru Screener helps investors sift through many stocks to find ones that stand out or target their specific criteria.

A new update to the screener allows investors to search for bargains but customize the range of selection. Under the “Historical Valuation” tab, users can set the screener to find stocks trading within a certain percentage of their historical low or high P/B ratio, P/S ratio, 52-week high and low price, three-year high or low price, or five-year high or low price.

Setting the screener to pinpoint stocks 10% within their historical low P/B ratio and 10% within their 52-week low share price yields 112 companies. These top the list: Statoil ASA (STO), Software AG (STWRY), BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) and International Minerals Corp. (IMZLF).

Statoil ASA (STO)

Statoil ASA (STO) is traded the nearest to its historical low P/B ratio, within 0.83% of it. The ratio is 0.19 – close to a 10-year low.

Its stock price is $20.19 on Monday, which falls within 4.26% of its 52-week low stock price.

Here is its historical P/B and price chart:



StatoilHydro ASA, originally Den Norske Stats Oljeselskap AS, was founded in 1972 and is incorporated and domiciled in Norway. It’s an integrated oil and gas company, which is engaged in the exploration, production, transportation, refining and marketing of petroleum and petroleum-derived products.

Statoil ASA has a market cap of $66.87 billion; its shares were traded at around $20.86 with a P/E ratio of 6.70 and P/S ratio of 0.60. The dividend yield of Statoil ASA stocks is 4.20%. Statoil ASA had an annual average earnings growth of 9.4% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Statoil ASA the business predictability rank of 3-star.

In the first quarter of 2013, Statoil’s financial results were depressed by lower production, reduced prices and operational disruptions at three of its locations. The company has forecast lower production in 2013 than in 2012, and 2% to 3% average annual production growth from 2012 to 2016. In 2012, it expects to produce above 2.5 million barrels of oil equivalent per day.

However, the company delivered record international production, increasing It by 6%, and completed 12 exploration wells in the first quarter.

It recorded net income of NOK6.4 billion compared to NOK15.4 billion in the prior-year quarter, and cash flows from operating activities declined 19% due to lower production and lower prices.

Software AG (STWRY)

Software AG is within 1.05% of its historical low P/B ratio. Its P/B ratio is 1.88, which is close to a five-year low.

Software AG has a share price of $7.55 Monday, which is within 2.65% of its 52-week low.

Here is the company’s historical P/B and price chart:



Software Ag has a market cap of $2.51 billion; its shares were traded at around $7.55 with a P/E ratio of 12.90 and P/S ratio of 1.90. The dividend yield of Software AG stocks is 1.30%. Software AG had an annual average earnings growth of 25% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Software AG the business predictability rank of 2.5-star.

In the first quarter of 2013, German software company Software AG achieved license revenue growth of 19% at constant currency in its largest business line, Business Process Excellence, compared to the first quarter of 2012. The improvement was driven by the expansion of its sales which it began last year. The company also acquired California-based LongJump, a cloud-based software company, during the quarter.

Total revenue in the quarter fell 12% year over year to 224.9 million euros, and net income declined 25 percent to 27.21 million euros. In its earnings release, it confirmed its 2013 full-year forecast it originally issued on Jan. 29, 2013. It expects to increase revenue 16% to 22% at constant currency in its Business Process Excellence (BPE) business, and to shrink revenue between 4% and 9% at constant currency everywhere else. After expanding sales and marketing, it expects to have earnings per share between 1.70 euros and 1.80 euros.

BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP)

BHP Billiton is trading within 1.3% of its historical low P/B ratio. Its P/B ratio stands at 2.34, near its 10-year low.

Here is the company’s historical P/B and price chart:

BHP Billiton has a share price within 2.55% of its 52-week low. It is trading at $57.84 per share.



BHP Billiton is a leader in the global natural resources industry. BHP Billiton Ltd. has a market cap of $156.81 billion; its shares were traded at around $57.86 with a P/E ratio of 16.20 and P/S ratio of 2.10.

The dividend yield of BHP Billiton Ltd. stocks is 3.90%. BHP Billiton Ltd. had an annual average earnings growth of 27.2% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated BHP Billiton Ltd. the business predictability rank of 3-star.

In the half year ended Dec. 31, 2012, BHP announced a 14.1% year-over-year revenue decline to $32.2 billion on lower commodity prices and other headwinds. Basic earnings per share fell 43.4% to 106.8 U.S. cents.

“In summary, the global economy is expected to strengthen over the next 12 months, providing support for commodities demand and pricing. The longer term outlook remains robust, although supply is now better placed to keep pace with demand for some commodities,” the company said in its earnings statement.

International Minerals Corp. (IMZLF)

International Minerals Corp has a P/B ratio that is 1.43% higher than its historical low level. The P/B ratio is 0.69, which is also close to a three-year low.

Its stock price, $1.90 per share, runs near a three-year low.

Here is its historical price and P/B ratio chart:



International Minerals Corp. has a market cap of $223.4 million; its shares were traded at around $1.90 with a P/E ratio of 14.00 and P/S ratio of 10.10.

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Stocks Discussed: STO, STWRY, BHP, IMZLF,
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