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Which of 2 stocks would appeal to long-term investors? KMG Chemicals, Inc. (KMG), LM Funding America, Inc. (LMFA)

The shares of KMG Chemicals, Inc. have increased by more than 19.95% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 12.41% or $8.75 and now trades at $79.26. The shares of LM Funding America, Inc. (NASDAQ:LMFA), has slumped by -65.77% year to date as of 06/12/2018. The shares currently trade at $0.54 and have been able to report a change of -3.29% over the past one week.

The stock of KMG Chemicals, Inc. and LM Funding America, 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. KMG has an EBITDA margin of 16.04%, this implies that the underlying business of KMG is more profitable. The ROI of KMG is 4.00% while that of LMFA is -890.30%. These figures suggest that KMG ventures generate a higher ROI than that of LMFA.

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, KMG’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0.

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 debt ratio of KMG is 0.88 compared to 0.00 for LMFA. KMG can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than LMFA.

Valuation

KMG currently trades at a forward P/E of 20.72, a P/B of 3.20, and a P/S of 3.00 while LMFA trades at a P/B of 3.86, and a P/S of 0.86. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, KMG 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 KMG is currently at a 7.59% to its one-year price target of 73.67.

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 KMG is 2.37 while that of LMFA is just 1.81. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for LMFA stock.

Conclusion

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

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