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Reliable Long-term Trend to Profit From: EP Energy Corporation (EPE), RH (RH)

The shares of EP Energy Corporation have increased by more than 4.66% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 9.29% or $0.21 and now trades at $2.47. The shares of RH (NYSE:RH), has jumped by 10.65% year to date as of 01/11/2018. The shares currently trade at $95.39 and have been able to report a change of 6.08% over the past one week.

The stock of EP Energy Corporation and RH 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.

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. EPE has an EBITDA margin of 42.82%, this implies that the underlying business of EPE is more profitable. The ROI of EPE is 6.50% while that of RH is 2.90%. These figures suggest that EPE ventures generate a higher ROI than that of RH.



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, EPE’s free cash flow per share is a positive -0, while that of RH is positive 1.4.

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 EPE is 0.70 and that of RH is 1.50. This implies that it is easier for EPE to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than RH.

Valuation

EPE currently trades at a P/B of 1.24, and a P/S of 0.63 while RH trades at a forward P/E of 18.41, and a P/S of 0.83. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, EPE 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 EPE is currently at a -95.7% to its one-year price target of 57.50. Looking at its rival pricing, RH is at a -13.19% relative to its price target of 109.88. This figure implies that over the next one year, RH 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), EPE is given a 2.60 while 2.60 placed for RH. This means that analysts are equally bullish on their outlook for the two stocks 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 EPE is 10.51 while that of RH is just 5.65. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for RH stock.

Conclusion

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

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