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A Comparison of Top Movers: Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC (FTAI), Pixelworks, Inc. (PXLW)

The shares of Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC have decreased by more than -6.67% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -5.78% or -$1.14 and now trades at $18.60. The shares of Pixelworks, Inc. (NASDAQ:PXLW), has jumped by 9.48% year to date as of 01/11/2018. The shares currently trade at $6.93 and have been able to report a change of 2.82% over the past one week.

The stock of Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC and Pixelworks, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Thursday. 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: 29.60% 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 FTAI will grow it’s earning at a 29.60% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to PXLW which will have a positive growth at a 20.00% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of FTAI 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. FTAI has an EBITDA margin of 37.06%, this implies that the underlying business of FTAI is more profitable. The ROI of FTAI is -3.10% while that of PXLW is -56.30%. These figures suggest that FTAI ventures generate a higher ROI than that of PXLW.

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, FTAI’s free cash flow per share is a negative -0.06, while that of PXLW is also a negative -0.01.

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 FTAI is 2.90 and that of PXLW is 2.00. This implies that it is easier for FTAI to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than PXLW. The debt ratio of FTAI is 0.67 compared to 0.00 for PXLW. FTAI can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than PXLW.

Valuation

FTAI currently trades at a forward P/E of 22.44, a P/B of 1.44, and a P/S of 7.10 while PXLW trades at a forward P/E of 83.49, a P/B of 5.54, and a P/S of 3.03. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, FTAI 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 FTAI is currently at a -13% to its one-year price target of 21.38. Looking at its rival pricing, PXLW is at a -6.1% relative to its price target of 7.38. This figure implies that over the next one year, PXLW is a better investment.

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), FTAI is given a 1.50 while 1.80 placed for PXLW. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for PXLW 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 FTAI is 4.98 while that of PXLW is just 2.02. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for PXLW stock.

Conclusion

The stock of Pixelworks, Inc. defeats that of Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC when the two are compared, with PXLW taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. PXLW 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, PXLW is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for PXLW is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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