Which is more compelling pick right now? – Exelixis, Inc. (EXEL), Corindus Vascular Robotics, Inc. (CVRS)

The shares of Exelixis, Inc. have decreased by more than -32.86% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -2.86% or -$0.6 and now trades at $20.41. The shares of Corindus Vascular Robotics, Inc. (NYSE:CVRS), has slumped by -19.73% year to date as of 05/16/2018. The shares currently trade at $0.81 and have been able to report a change of 1.34% over the past one week.

The stock of Exelixis, Inc. and Corindus Vascular Robotics, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Wednesday. 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. EXEL has an EBITDA margin of 44.35%, this implies that the underlying business of EXEL is more profitable. The ROI of EXEL is 55.40% while that of CVRS is -192.70%. These figures suggest that EXEL ventures generate a higher ROI than that of CVRS.

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, EXEL’s free cash flow per share is a 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 EXEL is 6.70 and that of CVRS is 3.50. This implies that it is easier for EXEL to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than CVRS. The debt ratio of EXEL is 0.00 compared to 0.01 for CVRS. CVRS can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than EXEL.


EXEL currently trades at a forward P/E of 18.26, a P/B of 9.03, and a P/S of 11.51 while CVRS trades at a P/B of 9.01, and a P/S of 14.53. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, EXEL 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 EXEL is currently at a -43.31% to its one-year price target of 36.00. Looking at its rival pricing, CVRS is at a -69.2% relative to its price target of 2.63.

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), EXEL is given a 1.90 while 1.50 placed for CVRS. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for EXEL 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 EXEL is 2.55 while that of CVRS is just 11.43. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for EXEL stock.


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

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