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Reliable Long-term Trend to Profit From: Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (ETE), At Home Group Inc. (HOME)

The shares of Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. have increased by more than 1.22% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -0.80% or -$0.14 and now trades at $17.47. The shares of At Home Group Inc. (NYSE:HOME), has jumped by 17.60% year to date as of 06/06/2018. The shares currently trade at $35.74 and have been able to report a change of 1.10% over the past one week.

The stock of Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. and At Home Group 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: 13.00% versus 24.80%

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 ETE will grow it’s earning at a 13.00% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to HOME which will have a positive growth at a 24.80% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of HOME 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. ETE has an EBITDA margin of 15.7%, this implies that the underlying business of ETE is more profitable. The ROI of ETE is 6.20% while that of HOME is 5.00%. These figures suggest that ETE ventures generate a higher ROI than that of HOME.

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, ETE’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0.37.

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 ETE is 0.90 and that of HOME is 0.90. This implies that it is easier for ETE to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than HOME.

Valuation

ETE currently trades at a forward P/E of 8.26, and a P/S of 0.43 while HOME trades at a forward P/E of 23.81, a P/B of 3.68, and a P/S of 2.33. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, ETE 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 ETE is currently at a -12.65% to its one-year price target of 20.00. Looking at its rival pricing, HOME is at a -6.76% relative to its price target of 38.33.

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), ETE is given a 1.80 while 1.60 placed for HOME. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for ETE 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 ETE is 5.57 while that of HOME is just 2.75. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for HOME stock.

Conclusion

The stock of At Home Group Inc. defeats that of Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. when the two are compared, with HOME taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. HOME 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, HOME is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for HOME is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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