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Which Market Offer More Value? – Twitter, Inc. (TWTR), Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (CTRP)

The shares of Twitter, Inc. have increased by more than 19.78% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -0.83% or -$0.24 and now trades at $28.76. The shares of Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (NASDAQ:CTRP), has slumped by -0.43% year to date as of 04/13/2018. The shares currently trade at $43.91 and have been able to report a change of -1.99% over the past one week.

The stock of Twitter, Inc. and Ctrip.com International, Ltd. 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.

Next 5Y EPS Growth: 26.40% versus 7.04%

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 TWTR will grow it’s earning at a 26.40% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to CTRP which will have a positive growth at a 7.04% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of TWTR 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. TWTR has an EBITDA margin of 10.34%, this implies that the underlying business of CTRP is more profitable. The ROI of TWTR is 4.60% while that of CTRP is 1.30%. These figures suggest that TWTR ventures generate a higher ROI than that of CTRP.

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, TWTR’s free cash flow per share is a positive 6.46.

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 TWTR is 9.10 and that of CTRP is 1.40. This implies that it is easier for TWTR to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than CTRP. The debt ratio of TWTR is 0.36 compared to 0.54 for CTRP. CTRP can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than TWTR.

Valuation

TWTR currently trades at a forward P/E of 40.17, a P/B of 4.23, and a P/S of 8.91 while CTRP trades at a forward P/E of 24.92, a P/B of 1.76, and a P/S of 5.58. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, CTRP 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 TWTR is currently at a 4.51% to its one-year price target of 27.52. Looking at its rival pricing, CTRP is at a -16.3% relative to its price target of 52.46.

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), TWTR is given a 3.10 while 2.10 placed for CTRP. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for TWTR 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 TWTR is 0.79 while that of CTRP is just 5.98. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for TWTR stock.

Conclusion

The stock of Ctrip.com International, Ltd. defeats that of Twitter, Inc. when the two are compared, with CTRP taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. CTRP 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, CTRP is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for CTRP is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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