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4 High Financial Strength Stocks Trading Near Historical Low Price-Book Ratios

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James Li
Sep 15, 2021

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  • GuruFocus’ Historical Low Price-Book Screen is one of several Premium value screens.
  • The screen looks for companies with high business predictability and are trading at low price-book valuations.
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According to the Historical Low Price-Book Screen, a Premium feature of GuruFocus, four stocks with high financial strength and are trading near historical low price-book ratios are Landstar System Inc. (

LSTR, Financial), 51job Inc. (JOBS, Financial), Abcam PLC (ABCM, Financial) and SAP SE (SAP, Financial).

The Historical Low Price-Book screen looks for stocks that have a high business predictability rank and a price-book ratio at most 50% above the 10-year-low price-book ratio.

GuruFocus listed four historical low price-book stocks that have a financial strength rank of at least 6.

Landstar System

Shares of Landstar System (

LSTR, Financial) traded around $160.87, approximately 33.77% above its 52-week low. The stock’s price-book ratio of 7.48 is near a one-year low of 6.74.

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GuruFocus ranks the Jacksonville, Florida-based logistics company’s financial strength 7 out of 10 on several positive investing signs, which include a strong Altman Z-score of 10 and interest coverage and debt ratios that outperform more than 81% of global competitors.

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Gurus with holdings in Landstar include

Chuck Royce (Trades, Portfolio)’s Royce Investment Partners, Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio)’ Renaissance Technologies and Lee Ainslie (Trades, Portfolio)’s Maverick Capital.

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51job

Shares of 51job (

JOBS, Financial) traded around $71.09, approximately 19.05% above its 52-week low. The stock’s price-book ratio of 2.51 is near a 10-year low of 2.17.

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GuruFocus ranks the Shanghai-based human resource service company’s financial strength 7 out of 10 on several positive investing signs, which include a high Altman Z-score of 7.52 and debt ratios that are outperforming more than 92% of global competitors.

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Gurus with holdings in 51job include Simons’ Renaissance Technologies,

Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio)’s Fisher Investments and Ray Dalio (Trades, Portfolio)’s Bridgewater Associates.

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Abcam

Shares of Abcam (

ABCM, Financial) traded around $20.66, approximately 42.48% above its 52-week low. The stock’s price-book ratio of 5.34 is near a five-year low.

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GuruFocus ranks the U.K.-based biotech company’s financial strength 6 out of 10 on the back of a double-digit Altman Z-score despite interest coverage and debt ratios underperforming more than 65% of global competitors.

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SAP

Shares of SAP (

SAP, Financial) traded around $144.25, approximately 37.85% above its 52-week low. The stock’s price-book ratio of 4.33 is close to its historical median price-book ratio.

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GuruFocus ranks the German software company’s financial strength 6 out of 10 on the back of a high Piotroski F-score of 8 and a strong Altman Z-score of 4.63 despite interest coverage and debt ratios underperforming more than 70% of global competitors.

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