Choosing Between Hot Stocks: Corium International, Inc. (CORI), GeoPark Limited (GPRK)

The shares of Corium International, Inc. have increased by more than 1.46% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 7.62% or $0.69 and now trades at $9.75. The shares of GeoPark Limited (NYSE:GPRK), has jumped by 54.39% year to date as of 05/15/2018. The shares currently trade at $15.30 and have been able to report a change of 7.67% over the past one week.

The stock of Corium International, Inc. and GeoPark Limited were two of the most active stocks on Tueday. 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 CORI is -58.10% while that of GPRK is 7.00%. These figures suggest that GPRK ventures generate a higher ROI than that of CORI.

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, CORI’s free cash flow per share is a negative -0.04, while that of GPRK is positive 0.01.

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 CORI is 1.40 and that of GPRK is 1.10. This implies that it is easier for CORI to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than GPRK. The debt ratio of CORI is 11.89 compared to 4.03 for GPRK. GPRK can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than CORI.


CORI currently trades at a P/B of 81.25, and a P/S of 10.90 while GPRK trades at a forward P/E of 7.22, a P/B of 10.92, and a P/S of 2.90. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, GPRK 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 CORI is currently at a -28.31% to its one-year price target of 13.60. Looking at its rival pricing, GPRK is at a -9.57% relative to its price target of 16.92.

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), CORI is given a 1.80 while 1.70 placed for GPRK. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for CORI 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 CORI is 10.89 while that of GPRK is just 1.51. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for GPRK stock.


The stock of Corium International, Inc. defeats that of GeoPark Limited when the two are compared, with CORI taking 3 out of the total factors that were been considered. CORI 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, CORI is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for CORI is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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