Growth at a reasonable price or GARP is an excellent way for investors to make some quick gains. This well-liked strategy helps investors gain exposure to stocks that have impressive prospects and are trading at a discount. Unlike the blend strategy, a portfolio created on the GARP strategy is expected to have stocks that offer the best of both value and growth investing.
GARP Metrics – Mix of Growth & Value Metrics
The GARP approach prefers stocks that are priced below the market or any reasonable target determined by fundamental analysis. These stocks also have solid prospects in terms of cash flow, revenues, earnings per share (EPS) and so on.
Strong earnings growth history and impressive earnings prospects are the main concepts that GARP investors borrow from the growth investing strategy. However, instead of super-normal growth rates, picking stocks with a more stable and reasonable growth rate is a preferred tactic of GARP investors. Hence, growth rates between 10% and 20% are considered ideal under the strategy.
Another growth metric that is considered by both growth and GARP investors is return on equity (ROE). GARP investors look for strong and higher ROE compared to the industry average to identify superior stocks. Moreover, stocks with positive cash flow find precedence under the GARP plan.
GARP investing gives priority to one of the popular value metrics – price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio. Though this investing style picks stocks with higher P/E ratios compared to value investors, it avoids companies with extremely high P/E ratios. Moreover, the price-to-book value (P/B) ratio is another value metric that is considered.
Using the GARP principle, we have run a screen to identify stocks that should offer solid returns in the near term.
Along with the criteria discussed in the above section, we have considered a favorable Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy).
Last 5-year EPS & projected 3–5 year EPS growth rates between 10% and 20% (Strong EPS growth history and prospects ensure improving business.)
ROE (over the past 12 months) greater than the industry average (Higher ROE compared to the industry average indicates superior stocks.)
P/E and P/B ratios less than M-industry average (P/E and P/B ratios less than that of the industry indicates that the stocks are undervalued.)
These few criteria have narrowed down the universe of over 7,700 stocks to only eight.
Here are five stocks that made it through the screen:
Credit Acceptance Corp. (NASDAQ:CACC) is a specialized financial services company, which provides funding, receivables management, collection, sales training and related services to automobile dealers. The company’s average four-quarter positive earnings surprise is 6.7% and it sports a Zacks Rank #1. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Insperity Inc (NYSE:NSP) is engaged in providing an array of human resources and business solutions. The company delivered an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 8.3% and sports a Zacks Rank #1.
MSCI Inc (NYSE:MSCI) is a leading provider of investment decision support tools to investment institutions worldwide. The company has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 5.6% and carries a Zacks Rank #1.
Los Angeles, CA-based CBRE Group Inc (NYSE:CBG) operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company. It has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 18.71% and has a Zacks Rank #2.
Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) is the one of world’s largest home improvement retailer. The company has an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 3.8% and carries a Zacks Rank #2.
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