The shares of Nabors Industries Ltd. have increased by more than 21.67% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -3.48% or -$0.3 and now trades at $8.31. The shares of Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE:LPI), has slumped by -9.24% year to date as of 05/18/2018. The shares currently trade at $9.63 and have been able to report a change of -0.31% over the past one week.
The stock of Nabors Industries Ltd. and Laredo Petroleum, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Friday. 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 NBR is -1.70% while that of LPI is 14.40%. These figures suggest that LPI ventures generate a higher ROI than that of NBR.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, NBR’s free cash flow per share is a negative -7.67, while that of LPI is also a negative -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 NBR is 1.90 and that of LPI is 0.80. This implies that it is easier for NBR to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than LPI. The debt ratio of NBR is 1.57 compared to 0.90 for LPI. NBR can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than LPI.Valuation
NBR currently trades at a P/B of 0.95, and a P/S of 1.17 while LPI trades at a forward P/E of 7.61, a P/B of 2.44, and a P/S of 2.63. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, NBR 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 NBR is currently at a -10.65% to its one-year price target of 9.30. Looking at its rival pricing, LPI is at a -17.55% relative to its price target of 11.68.
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), NBR is given a 2.10 while 2.50 placed for LPI. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for LPI 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 NBR is 3.94 while that of LPI is just 8.26. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for NBR stock.
The stock of Nabors Industries Ltd. defeats that of Laredo Petroleum, Inc. when the two are compared, with NBR taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. NBR 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, NBR is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for NBR is better on when it is viewed on short interest.