The shares of BioAmber Inc. have increased by more than 11.25% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 8.96% or $0.03 and now trades at $0.44. The shares of Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACHC), has jumped by 5.36% year to date as of 01/11/2018. The shares currently trade at $34.38 and have been able to report a change of 2.75% over the past one week.
The stock of BioAmber Inc. and Acadia Healthcare Company, 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.
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. The ROI of BIOA is -25.70% while that of ACHC is 3.40%. These figures suggest that ACHC ventures generate a higher ROI than that of BIOA.
The value of a stock is ultimately determined by the amount of cash flow that the investors have available. Over the last 12 months, BIOA’s free cash flow per share is a negative -0.09, while that of ACHC is positive 0.28.
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 BIOA is 1.10 and that of ACHC is 1.40. This implies that it is easier for BIOA to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than ACHC. The debt ratio of BIOA is 0.35 compared to 1.31 for ACHC. ACHC can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than BIOA.
BIOA currently trades at a P/B of 0.19, and a P/S of 2.17 while ACHC trades at a forward P/E of 13.90, a P/B of 1.20, and a P/S of 1.08. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, BIOA 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 BIOA is currently at a -93.4% to its one-year price target of 6.67. Looking at its rival pricing, ACHC is at a -15.63% relative to its price target of 40.75. This figure implies that over the next one year, ACHC 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), BIOA is given a 2.50 while 2.10 placed for ACHC. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for BIOA 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 BIOA is 2.14 while that of ACHC is just 7.12. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for BIOA stock.
The stock of BioAmber Inc. defeats that of Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc. when the two are compared, with BIOA taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. BIOA 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, BIOA is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for BIOA is better on when it is viewed on short interest.