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Taking Tally Of Owens & Minor, Inc. (OMI), American Lorain Corporation (ALN)

The shares of Owens & Minor, Inc. have decreased by more than -20.87% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -4.84% or -$0.76 and now trades at $14.94. The shares of American Lorain Corporation (NYSE:ALN), has jumped by 13.64% year to date as of 02/13/2018. The shares currently trade at $0.20 and have been able to report a change of 0.00% over the past one week.

The stock of Owens & Minor, Inc. and American Lorain Corporation were two of the most active stocks on Tuesday. 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.

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. OMI has an EBITDA margin of 2.17%, this implies that the underlying business of OMI is more profitable. The ROI of OMI is 8.90% while that of ALN is -34.40%. These figures suggest that OMI ventures generate a higher ROI than that of ALN.



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, OMI’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0.67.

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 OMI is 1.80 and that of ALN is 0.60. This implies that it is easier for OMI to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than ALN. The debt ratio of OMI is 0.91 compared to 1.06 for ALN. ALN can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than OMI.

Valuation

OMI currently trades at a forward P/E of 7.39, a P/B of 0.89, and a P/S of 0.10 while ALN trades at a P/B of 0.15, and a P/S of 0.63. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, OMI 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 OMI is currently at a -18.49% to its one-year price target of 18.33. This figure implies that over the next one year, ALN 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), OMI is given a 3.50 .

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 OMI is 7.01 while that of ALN is just 0.21. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for ALN stock.

Conclusion

The stock of American Lorain Corporation defeats that of Owens & Minor, Inc. when the two are compared, with ALN taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. ALN 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, ALN is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for ALN is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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