Which of 2 stocks would appeal to long-term investors? Approach Resources, Inc. (AREX), Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. (CAPR)

The shares of Approach Resources, Inc. have increased by more than 32.77% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 11.02% or $0.39 and now trades at $3.93. The shares of Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CAPR), has jumped by 9.78% year to date as of 01/11/2018. The shares currently trade at $1.73 and have been able to report a change of 7.07% over the past one week.

The stock of Approach Resources, Inc. and Capricor Therapeutics, 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. AREX has an EBITDA margin of 50.47%, this implies that the underlying business of AREX is more profitable. The ROI of AREX is -2.00% while that of CAPR is -142.10%. These figures suggest that AREX ventures generate a higher ROI than that of CAPR.

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, AREX’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0.01, while that of CAPR is negative -0.09.

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 AREX is 0.40 and that of CAPR is 0.90. This implies that it is easier for AREX to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than CAPR.


AREX currently trades at a P/B of 0.63, and a P/S of 3.31 while CAPR trades at a P/S of 14.49. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, AREX 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 AREX is currently at a 65.13% to its one-year price target of 2.38. Looking at its rival pricing, CAPR is at a -73.38% relative to its price target of 6.50. This figure implies that over the next one year, CAPR 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), AREX is given a 3.00 while 2.00 placed for CAPR. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for AREX 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 AREX is 15.20 while that of CAPR is just 2.15. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for CAPR stock.


The stock of Approach Resources, Inc. defeats that of Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. when the two are compared, with AREX taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. AREX 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, AREX is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for AREX is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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