The shares of Twilio Inc. have increased by more than 30.17% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 16.19% or $4.28 and now trades at $30.72. The shares of ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE:ACCO), has jumped by 6.15% year to date as of 02/14/2018. The shares currently trade at $12.95 and have been able to report a change of 13.60% over the past one week.

The stock of Twilio Inc. and ACCO Brands Corporation were two of the most active stocks on Wednesday. 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: 20.00% versus 10.00%**

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 TWLO will grow it’s earning at a 20.00% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to ACCO which will have a positive growth at a 10.00% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of TWLO 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. The ROI of TWLO is -12.60% while that of ACCO is 9.80%. These figures suggest that ACCO ventures generate a higher ROI than that of TWLO.

**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, TWLO’s free cash flow per share is a positive -0, while that of ACCO is positive 6.3.

**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 TWLO is 4.60 and that of ACCO is 1.70. This implies that it is easier for TWLO to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than ACCO. The debt ratio of TWLO is 0.00 compared to 1.43 for ACCO. ACCO can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than TWLO.

**Valuation**

TWLO currently trades at a P/B of 7.98, and a P/S of 7.62 while ACCO trades at a forward P/E of 10.53, a P/B of 1.94, and a P/S of 0.77. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, ACCO 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 TWLO is currently at a -16.41% to its one-year price target of 36.75. Looking at its rival pricing, ACCO is at a -15.53% relative to its price target of 15.33. This figure implies that over the next one year, ACCO 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), TWLO is given a 1.90 while 2.00 placed for ACCO. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for ACCO 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 TWLO is 8.54 while that of ACCO is just 6.46. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for ACCO stock.

**Conclusion**

The stock of Twilio Inc. defeats that of ACCO Brands Corporation when the two are compared, with TWLO taking 7 out of the total factors that were been considered. TWLO 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, TWLO is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for TWLO is better on when it is viewed on short interest.