Which is more compelling pick right now? – Eiger BioPharmaceuticals, Inc. (EIGR), OptimumBank Holdings, Inc. (OPHC)

The shares of Eiger BioPharmaceuticals, Inc. have increased by more than 20.43% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 41.77% or $4.95 and now trades at $16.80. The shares of OptimumBank Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPHC), has jumped by 32.98% year to date as of 05/17/2018. The shares currently trade at $6.25 and have been able to report a change of 29.13% over the past one week.

The stock of Eiger BioPharmaceuticals, Inc. and OptimumBank Holdings, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Thuday. 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. These figures suggest that OPHC ventures generate a higher ROI than that of EIGR.

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 EIGR is 0.67 compared to 2.08 for OPHC. OPHC can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than EIGR.


EIGR currently trades at a P/B of 7.30, while OPHC trades at a P/B of 2.73, and a P/S of 1.58. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, EIGR 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 EIGR is currently at a -30.49% to its one-year price target of 24.17.

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 EIGR is 3.84 while that of OPHC is just 1.13. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for OPHC stock.


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

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