2 high-quality FTSE 250 stocks to consider buying

The FTSE 250 is home to some of the best investment opportunities out there. This Fool highlights two stocks for investors to consider.

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Many FTSE 250 stocks are underrated. They gain nowhere near the same amount of attention as FTSE 100 constituents, yet they offer the same if not better growth opportunities.

Here are two that investors should consider buying today.

Safestore

I want to get the ball rolling with Safestore (LSE: SAFE). I believe it’s one of the best stocks that the FTSE 250 has to offer. It’s most certainly up there as one of my favourite stocks that I own.

Investors clearly don’t agree with me. Over the last 12 months, the storage behemoth has seen 24.6% shaved off its price. Nevertheless, I’ve used that as a chance to add to my holdings and I’ll continue to do so.

I like its 4% yield. While that tops the FTSE 250 average of 3.4%, it’s not exactly the highest out there. However, continuously hiking its dividend payment for the last 14 years, something the business has done, is nothing to scoff at.

It’s a leader in the UK with 133 units, but it’s not resting on its laurels, despite its dominant market position. European domination is next on its list. We’ve already seen this in action with expansion into exciting markets such as Germany.

Like many companies at the moment, interest rates are the biggest threat to Safestore. Not only does it make the £810m debt on its balance sheet more difficult to pay off, but it also impacts property valuations.

Nevertheless, I see real long-term value in Safestore at its price today. As a shareholder, I’m excited about where the company is set to go in the years to come.

JD Wetherspoon

The renowned Warren Buffett says investors should seek businesses with moats. I think JD Wetherspoon (LSE: JDW) has one with its cheap pricing.

Unlike Safestore, this stock has put up a strong performance in the last year. During that time, it’s gained 7.2%. Down 6.9% this year, however, now could be a smart time to swoop in and buy some shares.

That fall comes after the company’s latest interim trading report. A reduction in the total number of pubs as well as a decline in earnings per share (EPS) spooked shareholders.

However, I think reducing the number of its pubs could be a good move. It allows JD Wetherspoons to focus on its stronger assets. That makes sense.

What’s more, its latest report showed that excluding “separately disclosed items”, which included a loss on the disposal of some of its pubs, a property impairment charge, and a charge relating to interest rate swaps, EPS actually rose from 1.1p to 20.3p.

To go alongside that, revenues jumped 8% while operating income rose from £37.4m to £72m

The largest hazard it faces is the cost-of-living crisis. Consumers potentially have less to spend, and this will squeeze margins. Inflation has also driven up costs too.

But at its current price, I’m willing to look past these issues in favour of long-term potential. With this stock, I see just that.

I think both stocks should be strongly considered by investors seeking investment opportunities in the FTSE 250.

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Charlie Keough has positions in Safestore Plc. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Safestore Plc. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.

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