DPW Holdings, Inc. (DPW) is better stock pick than TAL Education Group (TAL)

The shares of DPW Holdings, Inc. have decreased by more than -62.31% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 0.83% or $0.01 and now trades at $1.21. The shares of TAL Education Group (NYSE:TAL), has jumped by 22.25% year to date as of 04/13/2018. The shares currently trade at $36.32 and have been able to report a change of 4.01% over the past one week.

The stock of DPW Holdings, Inc. and TAL Education Group were two of the most active stocks on Friday. 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. The ROI of DPW is -30.70% while that of TAL is 8.40%. These figures suggest that TAL ventures generate a higher ROI than that of DPW.

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, DPW’s free cash flow per share is a negative -0.01, while that of TAL is positive 3.29.

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 DPW is 0.60 and that of TAL is 1.10. This implies that it is easier for DPW to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than TAL. The debt ratio of DPW is 0.55 compared to 0.26 for TAL. DPW can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than TAL.


DPW currently trades at a P/B of 2.47, and a P/S of 4.20 while TAL trades at a forward P/E of 69.85, a P/B of 20.07, and a P/S of 12.39. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, DPW 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 DPW is currently at a -95.31% to its one-year price target of 25.81. Looking at its rival pricing, TAL is at a -4.35% relative to its price target of 37.97.

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), DPW is given a 2.00 while 1.80 placed for TAL. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for DPW 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 DPW is 1.35 while that of TAL is just 2.64. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for DPW stock.


The stock of DPW Holdings, Inc. defeats that of TAL Education Group when the two are compared, with DPW taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. DPW 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, DPW is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for DPW is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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