Which of these 2 stocks can turn out to be absolute gem? – Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc. (PLAY), Inpixon (INPX)

The shares of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc. have increased by more than 1.18% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 16.70% or $7.99 and now trades at $55.82. The shares of Inpixon (NASDAQ:INPX), has slumped by -93.46% year to date as of 06/12/2018. The shares currently trade at $0.41 and have been able to report a change of 16.09% over the past one week.

The stock of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc. and Inpixon 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: 12.00% versus 20.00%

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 PLAY will grow it’s earning at a 12.00% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to INPX which will have a positive growth at a 20.00% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of INPX 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. PLAY has an EBITDA margin of 22.76%, this implies that the underlying business of PLAY is more profitable. These figures suggest that PLAY ventures generate a higher ROI than that of INPX.

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, PLAY’s free cash flow per share is a negative -0.49, while that of INPX is also a negative -0.09.

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 PLAY is 0.50 and that of INPX is 0.40. This implies that it is easier for PLAY to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than INPX.


PLAY currently trades at a forward P/E of 18.73, a P/B of 5.37, and a P/S of 1.99 while INPX trades at a P/S of 0.20. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, PLAY 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 PLAY is currently at a 2.22% to its one-year price target of 54.61.

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), PLAY is given a 1.60 while 3.00 placed for INPX. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for INPX 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 PLAY is 5.65 while that of INPX is just 0.89. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for INPX stock.


The stock of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc. defeats that of Inpixon when the two are compared, with PLAY taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. PLAY 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, PLAY is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for PLAY is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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