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Reliable Long-term Trend to Profit From: Uniti Group Inc. (UNIT), Pattern Energy Group Inc. (PEGI)

The shares of Uniti Group Inc. have increased by more than 30.64% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 3.43% or $0.77 and now trades at $23.24. The shares of Pattern Energy Group Inc. (NASDAQ:PEGI), has slumped by -12.98% year to date as of 06/12/2018. The shares currently trade at $18.70 and have been able to report a change of 1.30% over the past one week.

The stock of Uniti Group Inc. and Pattern Energy Group Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Tuesday. 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: 11.90% versus 27.50%

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 UNIT will grow it’s earning at a 11.90% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to PEGI which will have a positive growth at a 27.50% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of PEGI 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. UNIT has an EBITDA margin of 66.39%, this implies that the underlying business of UNIT is more profitable. The ROI of UNIT is 8.70% while that of PEGI is -0.30%. These figures suggest that UNIT ventures generate a higher ROI than that of PEGI.

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, UNIT’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0, while that of PEGI is negative -0.02.

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 UNIT is 0.10 and that of PEGI is 0.70. This implies that it is easier for UNIT to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than PEGI.

Valuation

UNIT currently trades at a forward P/E of 141.71, and a P/S of 4.25 while PEGI trades at a forward P/E of 25.62, a P/B of 1.53, and a P/S of 4.32. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, UNIT 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 UNIT is currently at a 8.55% to its one-year price target of 21.41. Looking at its rival pricing, PEGI is at a -13.94% relative to its price target of 21.73.

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), UNIT is given a 2.30 while 2.20 placed for PEGI. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for UNIT 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 UNIT is 11.95 while that of PEGI is just 11.07. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for PEGI stock.

Conclusion

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

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