Financial Metrics You Should Care About: Vectren Corporation (VVC), New Relic, Inc. (NEWR)

The shares of Vectren Corporation have increased by more than 8.26% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -0.14% or -$0.1 and now trades at $70.39. The shares of New Relic, Inc. (NYSE:NEWR), has jumped by 86.10% year to date as of 06/06/2018. The shares currently trade at $107.51 and have been able to report a change of 7.80% over the past one week.

The stock of Vectren Corporation and New Relic, 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.

Next 5Y EPS Growth: 8.00% versus 25.00%

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 VVC will grow it’s earning at a 8.00% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to NEWR which will have a positive growth at a 25.00% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of NEWR 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. VVC has an EBITDA margin of 22.82%, this implies that the underlying business of VVC is more profitable. The ROI of VVC is 5.80% while that of NEWR is -22.20%. These figures suggest that VVC ventures generate a higher ROI than that of NEWR.

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, VVC’s free cash flow per share is a negative -1.44.

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 VVC is 0.60 and that of NEWR is 1.70. This implies that it is easier for VVC to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than NEWR. The debt ratio of VVC is 1.13 compared to 0.00 for NEWR. VVC can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than NEWR.


VVC currently trades at a forward P/E of 23.06, a P/B of 3.12, and a P/S of 2.18 while NEWR trades at a forward P/E of 158.57, a P/B of 27.78, and a P/S of 16.59. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, VVC 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. Looking at its rival pricing, NEWR is at a 25.3% relative to its price target of 85.80.

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 VVC is 1.38 while that of NEWR is just 1.27. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for NEWR stock.


The stock of New Relic, Inc. defeats that of Vectren Corporation when the two are compared, with NEWR taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. NEWR 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, NEWR is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for NEWR is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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