Is Price-to-Book Value Still Relevant?

Investors have historically used a variety of characteristics to measure the valuation of a stock. Price-to-book value is one such characteristic and has often been used as the line in the sand when distinguishing value investors from growth investors. As long-term value investors, we have leaned on this ratio (and others) as a measure of value for both individual stocks and the overall portfolio. More recently, however, there are suggestions that price-to-book value has evolved into a less robust metric.