Taking Tally Of Seattle Genetics, Inc. (SGEN), PRA Health Sciences, Inc. (PRAH)

The shares of Seattle Genetics, Inc. have increased by more than 29.36% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 3.70% or $2.47 and now trades at $69.21. The shares of PRA Health Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAH), has jumped by 0.71% year to date as of 06/12/2018. The shares currently trade at $91.72 and have been able to report a change of 7.63% over the past one week.

The stock of Seattle Genetics, Inc. and PRA Health Sciences, 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.

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 SGEN is -7.00% while that of PRAH is 8.20%. These figures suggest that PRAH ventures generate a higher ROI than that of SGEN.

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, SGEN’s free cash flow per share is a negative -0.03, while that of PRAH is positive 0.88.

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 SGEN is 3.80 and that of PRAH is 0.80. This implies that it is easier for SGEN to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than PRAH. The debt ratio of SGEN is 0.00 compared to 1.43 for PRAH. PRAH can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than SGEN.


SGEN currently trades at a P/B of 8.23, and a P/S of 21.43 while PRAH trades at a forward P/E of 19.12, a P/B of 6.21, and a P/S of 2.30. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, PRAH 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 SGEN is currently at a 5.39% to its one-year price target of 65.67. Looking at its rival pricing, PRAH is at a -7.35% relative to its price target of 99.00.

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), SGEN is given a 2.40 while 1.80 placed for PRAH. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for SGEN 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 SGEN is 14.97 while that of PRAH is just 2.92. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for PRAH stock.


The stock of Seattle Genetics, Inc. defeats that of PRA Health Sciences, Inc. when the two are compared, with SGEN taking 3 out of the total factors that were been considered. SGEN 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, SGEN is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for SGEN is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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