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Which Market Offer More Value? – Iconix Brand Group, Inc. (ICON), Crescent Point Energy Corp. (CPG)

The shares of Iconix Brand Group, Inc. have increased by more than 2.33% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 8.20% or $0.1 and now trades at $1.32. The shares of Crescent Point Energy Corp. (NYSE:CPG), has jumped by 19.29% year to date as of 01/11/2018. The shares currently trade at $9.09 and have been able to report a change of 8.60% over the past one week.

The stock of Iconix Brand Group, Inc. and Crescent Point Energy Corp. 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. These figures suggest that CPG ventures generate a higher ROI than that of ICON.



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, ICON’s free cash flow per share is a negative -0.01, while that of CPG is also a negative -7.95.

Valuation




ICON currently trades at a forward P/E of 2.54, and a P/S of 0.30 while CPG trades at a P/B of 0.67, and a P/S of 2.31. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, ICON 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 ICON is currently at a -12% to its one-year price target of 1.50. Looking at its rival pricing, CPG is at a -1.2% relative to its price target of 9.20. This figure implies that over the next one year, CPG 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), ICON is given a 3.00 while 3.00 placed for CPG. 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 ICON is 4.20 while that of CPG is just 4.32. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for ICON stock.

Conclusion

The stock of Crescent Point Energy Corp. defeats that of Iconix Brand Group, Inc. when the two are compared, with CPG taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. CPG 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, CPG is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for CPG is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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