7 Great International Stocks For Value Investors

by: Brian Gorban

Stocks trading with favorable valuations are always a good bet to outperform the market, as many value fund managers over the decades have shown us. Here were some I brought up recently that had some great dividends, along with other large cap stocks here that are great values as well. However, looking at international stocks may show great value as well.

Telefonica (NYSE:TEF) doesn't get any help being based in Spain and being associated as one of the PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain) countries in need of a bailout. However, this telecommunications stock is trading at levels last seen during the mega-crisis of 2008, and there's some true value here when we see it trading at 1x price/sales, 7.3x price/earnings, and 8.2% dividend yield. I think this is a buy here, and hopefully can be bought cheaper on weakness from the rating downgrade of Spain.

France Telecom (FTE) may not be one of the PIIGS, but it still is indirectly affected as being a part of the European Union, and the market has punished this company mercilessly. Trading at .75x price/sales, 11.4x price/earnings and 7.6% dividend yield, this telecommunications giant is trading right near its multi-year low and I believe a great buy.

Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD) may be based out of England, but its tentacles reach worldwide, most notably with its 45% ownership of Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ). It's not as cheap as the other two telecommunication stocks mentioned above, trading at 1.9x price/sales, but it still trades at just 11.6x price/earnings and a 7% dividend yield. I think this telecommunications giant is a great buy as well.

Arcelor Mittal (NYSE:MT) is the largest steel manufacturer in the world, and is based out of Luxembourg. It has significant insider ownership by the very well-respected Mittal family management team, and in my opinion is beautifully run. Moreover, the valuations are real compelling when trading at .3x price/sales, under 9x price/earnings, .5x price/book, and a respectable 3.2% dividend yield. I think the steel maker sitting right near its multi-year low is a buy here.

Posco (NYSE:PKX) is a large steel manufacturer based in South Korea. It's had Berkshire Hathaway as an investor in years past, and currently has Third avenue, Dimensional Fund Advisors, and Mohnish Pabrai among many other great value investors. The valuations look nice trading at .4x price/sales, 7.1x price/earnings, and .8x price/book; however it has a rather small 1.1% dividend yield. With such cheap valuations, I think it's a safe buy.

Potash (POT), based out of Canada, is a massive producer of its namesake, potash fertilizer. As world population and prosperity grows, people need to eat, and that's where this company benefits. This is not for the typical value investor, trading at near 5.5x price/sales and price/book, and 18x price/earnings, but the company is showing strong revenue growth, achieving over 60% year-over-year and looking to have that continue as potash prices remain strong. I think the recent drop from $60 has provided a nice entry point.

Banco Santader of Spain (STD) is a financial behemoth with over $46 billion in sales. With the ongoing financial worries of the European Union, this stock is getting clobbered, which is nice for the long-term value dividend investor. Trading at just over 1.1x price/sales, .5x price/book, 7.6x price/earnings and with a very nice 7.2% dividend yield I like the stock right here which can hopefully be bought cheaper on weakness from the rating downgrade of Spain.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, but may initiate a long position in MT, STD, TEF, VOD over the next 72 hours.