How to Pick Quality Stocks by GARP Investing Method

Although there are various factors to pick a quality stock such as fundamental analysis, technical analysis etc. fruitful stock picking strategy is Growth at a Reasonable Price or GARP investing Method. The mechanism works on the principle of picking such stocks whose fundamentals are intact, but undervalued. In this column, we will discuss how to pick quality stocks by GARP investing method.

How to pick quality stocks by GARP investing method

In the share market, there are more than 1500 companies or stocks listed. So, to pick such stocks which are capable of giving the better return is quite a difficult task. GARP investing method emphasizes the price to earnings ratio as well as price to book price. Let’s make it clear with an example. You should analyze the compounded sales growth, compounded profit growth, debt ratio. You should find that all the numbers are satisfactory. Now, you need to analyze the P/E ratio as well as the P/B ratio. Generally, GARP investors are in search of such companies or stocks which are somewhat undervalued i.e., with a lower valuation. But these companies or stocks hold solid sustainable growth in terms of sales margin or profit growth etc.

GARP investors normally pay attention to a company’s current valuation and use the profit and earnings ratio i.e., P/E ratio to analyze the stock. In general lower P/E indicates that a company is currently undervalued, but is capable to deliver better returns than the stocks trading in higher valuation within the same industry. In this strategy, investors aim at choosing those stocks which are a little bit of higher valuation than the minimum P/E ratio but have much lower valuation than the stocks with extremely higher P/E ratio. Let’s understand this with the following examples,

Factors Berger Paints Akzo Nobel India Ltd.
Market Cap Rs. 29,558 Crore Rs. 7,082 Crore
Compounded sales growth 14.41% 11.88%
Compounded profit growth 17.07% 19.23%
P/E ratio 60.47 17.69


Factors Titan Company Rajesh Exports Ltd.
Market Cap Rs. 77321 Crore Rs. 16,834 Crore
Compounded Sales Growth 18.12% 43.15%
Compounded Profit Growth 22.11% 22.84%
P/E 64.62 37.95
Points to Consider,

Many investors make a mistake while choosing a stock with a lower P/E ratio. They pick stocks and compare them with the P/E ratios of different sectors. The Industry P/E of different sectors will be different. As an investor, you should analyze each sector’s P/E separately. You should also check and compare the P/E ratios of stocks operating in the same sector. Don’t make a comparison between two different sectors like paints and automobiles. Both the sectors belong to the core sectors. You can’t compare a stock of textile sector with an automobile sector. You should compare such stocks which are operating in paints or automobiles separately. Then make the comparison of their P/E ratios.

Apart from the P/E ratio, GARP investors also concentrate on Price-to-book ratio i.e., P/B ratio. The price to book ratio is calculated as follows,

Price-to-Book Ratio


book value per share

While calculating the P/B ratio you should at first check the fundamental aspects of a stock which has a lower P/B ratio. Then you can invest in that undervalued stock accordingly. You should focus on those companies or stocks whose products, publicity, brand value etc. are good. A company with Lower P/B ratio does not generate robust return i.e., 100% within one year or 500% return within 3 years, but in future, it will boom and deliver 50% CAGR over a long-term horizon i.e., of 10 years. Most of the GARP investors focus on positive earning numbers over the past 3 years of reasonable stocks which are capable of giving 25%-30% earnings growth.


This type of investment involves both the indicators of growth investment and value investment. GARP investment strategy is rewarded in a volatile market and this method ensures a steady return. In a bull market growth investment style is unbeatable, but in the bear market value investment style is unbeatable. To compare both the strategies, GARP investment style ensures more consistent and predictable returns.

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