Choosing Between Hot Stocks: Janus Henderson Group plc (JHG), Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (JAZZ)

The shares of Janus Henderson Group plc have decreased by more than -11.45% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 3.04% or $1 and now trades at $33.88. The shares of Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ:JAZZ), has jumped by 19.63% year to date as of 05/10/2018. The shares currently trade at $161.08 and have been able to report a change of 8.82% over the past one week.

The stock of Janus Henderson Group plc and Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc were two of the most active stocks on Thursday. 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: 13.27% versus 16.48%

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 JHG will grow it’s earning at a 13.27% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to JAZZ which will have a positive growth at a 16.48% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of JAZZ 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. The ROI of JHG is 6.00% while that of JAZZ is 9.80%. These figures suggest that JAZZ ventures generate a higher ROI than that of JHG.

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, JHG’s free cash flow per share is a positive 8.97, while that of JAZZ is positive 11.86.

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 JHG is 2.20 and that of JAZZ is 3.30. This implies that it is easier for JHG to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than JAZZ. The debt ratio of JHG is 0.08 compared to 0.58 for JAZZ. JAZZ can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than JHG.


JHG currently trades at a forward P/E of 11.26, a P/B of 1.38, and a P/S of 3.86 while JAZZ trades at a forward P/E of 10.62, a P/B of 3.56, and a P/S of 6.14. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, JHG 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 JHG is currently at a -4.62% to its one-year price target of 35.52. Looking at its rival pricing, JAZZ is at a -11.76% relative to its price target of 182.54.

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), JHG is given a 2.70 while 1.90 placed for JAZZ. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for JHG 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 JHG is 5.97 while that of JAZZ is just 3.52. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for JAZZ stock.


The stock of Janus Henderson Group plc defeats that of Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc when the two are compared, with JHG taking 4 out of the total factors that were been considered. JHG 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, JHG is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for JHG is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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