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Which of these 2 stocks can turn out to be absolute gem? – CVS Health Corporation (CVS), Boston Scientific Corporation (BSX)

The shares of CVS Health Corporation have decreased by more than -9.42% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -0.03% or -$0.02 and now trades at $71.48. The shares of Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX), has jumped by 31.62% year to date as of 11/22/2017. The shares currently trade at $28.47 and have been able to report a change of 1.64% over the past one week.

The stock of CVS Health Corporation and Boston Scientific Corporation were two of the most active stocks on Wedday. Investors seem to be very interested in what happens to the stocks of these two companies but do investors favor one over the other? We will analyze the growth, profitability, risk, valuation, and insider trends of both companies and see which one investors prefer.

Next 5Y EPS Growth: 6.95% versus 10.61%

When a company is able to grow consistently in terms of earnings at a high compound rate have the highest likelihood of creating value for its shareholders over time. Analysts have predicted that CVS will grow it’s earning at a 6.95% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to BSX which will have a positive growth at a 10.61% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of BSX implies a greater potential for capital appreciation over the years.



Profitability and Returns

Growth alone cannot be used to see if the company will be valuable. Shareholders will be the losers if a company invest in ventures that aren’t profitable enough to support upbeat growth. In order for us to accurately measure profitability and return, we will be using the EBITDA margin and Return on Investment (ROI), which balances the difference in capital structure. CVS has an EBITDA margin of 6.73%, this implies that the underlying business of BSX is more profitable. The ROI of CVS is 9.90% while that of BSX is 5.10%. These figures suggest that CVS ventures generate a higher ROI than that of BSX.

Cash Flow 




The value of a stock is ultimately determined by the amount of cash flow that the investors have available. Over the last 12 months, CVS’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0.88, while that of BSX is positive 2.29.

Liquidity and Financial Risk

The ability of a company to meet up with its short-term obligations and be able to clear its longer-term debts is measured using Liquidity and leverage ratios. The current ratio for CVS is 1.00 and that of BSX is 0.70. This implies that it is easier for CVS to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than BSX. The debt ratio of CVS is 0.74 compared to 0.75 for BSX. BSX can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than CVS.

Valuation

CVS currently trades at a forward P/E of 11.26, a P/B of 2.08, and a P/S of 0.40 while BSX trades at a forward P/E of 20.28, a P/B of 5.15, and a P/S of 4.43. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, CVS is the cheaper one. It is very obvious that earnings are the most important factors to investors, thus analysts are most likely to place their bet on the P/E.

Analyst Price Targets and Opinions

The mistake some people make is that they think a cheap stock has more value to it. In order to know the value of a stock, there is need to compare its current price to its likely trading price in the future. The price of CVS is currently at a -15.41% to its one-year price target of 84.50. Looking at its rival pricing, BSX is at a -11.03% relative to its price target of 32.00. This figure implies that over the next one year, BSX is a better investment.

When looking at the investment recommendation on say a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being a strong buy, 3 a hold, and 5 a sell), CVS is given a 2.20 while 1.80 placed for BSX. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for CVS stocks.

Insider Activity and Investor Sentiment

Short interest or otherwise called the percentage of a stock’s tradable shares currently being shorted is another data that investors use to get a handle on sentiment. The short ratio for CVS is 3.33 while that of BSX is just 2.25. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for BSX stock.

Conclusion

The stock of Boston Scientific Corporation defeats that of CVS Health Corporation when the two are compared, with BSX taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. BSX happens to be more profitable, generates a higher ROI, has higher cash flow per share, higher liquidity and has a lower financial risk. When looking at the stock valuation, BSX is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for BSX is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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