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Greenbrier Companies (GBX) is a transportation manufacturing company. According to the $1-billion firm's web site, it is a "leading international supplier of equipment and services to the freight rail transportation markets."
The stock gets high marks based on Validea's Price / Sale Investor strategy, which is based on the book Super Stocks, written by Kenneth Fisher. The Price / Sales model is a value strategy that rewards stocks with low price / sale ratios, long-term profit growth, strong free cash flow and consistent profit margins.
GBX's price / sales ratio of 0.38, based on trailing 12-month sales, is below 0.75, which is considered quite attractive in this model. The P/E of 6.3 and P/B of 1.2 also make the shares attractive from a valuation perspective.
Less debt equals less risk, according to this methodology, and GBX's debt/equity of 34.77 per cent is acceptable.
GBX generates free cash per share of $5.22, which is a positive, while its 3-year net profit margin of 6.44 per cent is about the threshold of 5 per cent.
The stock's dividend yield of 2.3 per cent adds to its attractiveness.
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