Set Sail With Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (CDNS), Banco Santander, S.A. (SAN)

The shares of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. have increased by more than 0.88% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -0.14% or -$0.06 and now trades at $42.19. The shares of Banco Santander, S.A. (NYSE:SAN), has jumped by 0.46% year to date as of 05/14/2018. The shares currently trade at $6.57 and have been able to report a change of 2.82% over the past one week.

The stock of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and Banco Santander, S.A. were two of the most active stocks on Monday. 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: 12.00% versus 12.87%

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 CDNS will grow it’s earning at a 12.00% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to SAN which will have a positive growth at a 12.87% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of SAN 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. CDNS has an EBITDA margin of 23.31%, this implies that the underlying business of CDNS is more profitable. The ROI of CDNS is 6.80% while that of SAN is 6.80%. These figures suggest that CDNS ventures generate a higher ROI than that of SAN.

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, CDNS’s free cash flow per share is a positive 7.4.

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 debt ratio of CDNS is 0.60 compared to 2.36 for SAN. SAN can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than CDNS.


CDNS currently trades at a forward P/E of 23.82, a P/B of 10.12, and a P/S of 5.93 while SAN trades at a forward P/E of 12.47, a P/B of 0.99, and a P/S of 1.68. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, SAN 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 CDNS is currently at a -9.6% to its one-year price target of 46.67. Looking at its rival pricing, SAN is at a -13.78% relative to its price target of 7.62.

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), CDNS is given a 2.40 while 3.00 placed for SAN. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for SAN 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 CDNS is 2.38 while that of SAN is just 1.44. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for SAN stock.


The stock of Banco Santander, S.A. defeats that of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. when the two are compared, with SAN taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. SAN 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, SAN is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for SAN is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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