Which of these 2 stocks can turn out to be absolute gem? – Chegg, Inc. (CHGG), Hibbett Sports, Inc. (HIBB)

The shares of Chegg, Inc. have increased by more than 74.63% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -1.86% or -$0.54 and now trades at $28.50. The shares of Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ:HIBB), has jumped by 16.91% year to date as of 06/13/2018. The shares currently trade at $23.85 and have been able to report a change of -5.54% over the past one week.

The stock of Chegg, Inc. and Hibbett Sports, 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: 25.00% versus -7.20%

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 CHGG will grow it’s earning at a 25.00% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to HIBB which will have a positive growth at a -7.20% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of CHGG 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. CHGG has an EBITDA margin of 1.95%, this implies that the underlying business of HIBB is more profitable. The ROI of CHGG is -5.40% while that of HIBB is 11.20%. These figures suggest that HIBB ventures generate a higher ROI than that of CHGG.

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, CHGG’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 current ratio for CHGG is 4.40 and that of HIBB is 3.00. This implies that it is easier for CHGG to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than HIBB. The debt ratio of CHGG is 0.00 compared to 0.01 for HIBB. HIBB can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than CHGG.


CHGG currently trades at a forward P/E of 52.97, a P/B of 8.53, and a P/S of 11.88 while HIBB trades at a forward P/E of 12.01, a P/B of 1.42, and a P/S of 0.47. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, HIBB 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 CHGG is currently at a 15.62% to its one-year price target of 24.65. Looking at its rival pricing, HIBB is at a -5.81% relative to its price target of 25.32.

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), CHGG is given a 2.40 while 2.80 placed for HIBB. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for HIBB 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 CHGG is 13.48 while that of HIBB is just 9.35. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for HIBB stock.


The stock of Chegg, Inc. defeats that of Hibbett Sports, Inc. when the two are compared, with CHGG taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. CHGG 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, CHGG is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for CHGG is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

Previous ArticleNext Article

Related Post

Set Sail With United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS), H... The shares of United Parcel Service, Inc. have decreased by more than -8.90% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -1.03% or -$1.13 and no...
Financially Devastating or Fantastic? – Exel... The shares of Exelixis, Inc. have decreased by more than -30.33% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 7.68% or $1.51 and now trades at $21....
Dissecting the Numbers for Transocean Ltd. (RIG) a... Transocean Ltd. (NYSE:RIG) shares are down more than -8.15% this year and recently increased 1.87% or $0.18 to settle at $9.81. RAIT Financial Trust (...
Set Sail With Kimco Realty Corporation (KIM), Bung... The shares of Kimco Realty Corporation have decreased by more than -9.09% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 0.73% or $0.12 and now trade...
Critical Comparison: Discovery Communications, Inc... Discovery Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCA) shares are up more than 9.12% this year and recently increased 0.95% or $0.23 to settle at $24.42. The G...