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Uncovering the next great stocks: Digital Turbine, Inc. (APPS), W&T Offshore, Inc. (WTI)

The shares of Digital Turbine, Inc. have increased by more than 36.87% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 5.60% or $0.13 and now trades at $2.45. The shares of W&T Offshore, Inc. (NYSE:WTI), has jumped by 19.64% year to date as of 02/14/2018. The shares currently trade at $3.96 and have been able to report a change of -3.41% over the past one week.

The stock of Digital Turbine, Inc. and W&T Offshore, Inc. 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.

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 APPS is -31.00% while that of WTI is -45.10%. These figures suggest that APPS ventures generate a higher ROI than that of WTI.



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, APPS’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0, while that of WTI is positive 0.01.

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 APPS is 0.80 and that of WTI is 1.20. This implies that it is easier for APPS to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than WTI.

Valuation

APPS currently trades at a P/B of 2.95, and a P/S of 1.48 while WTI trades at a forward P/E of 7.37, and a P/S of 1.23. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, APPS 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 APPS is currently at a -22.71% to its one-year price target of 3.17. Looking at its rival pricing, WTI is at a 32% relative to its price target of 3.00. This figure implies that over the next one year, WTI 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), APPS is given a 1.60 while 3.70 placed for WTI. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for WTI 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 APPS is 7.30 while that of WTI is just 1.63. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for WTI stock.

Conclusion

The stock of Digital Turbine, Inc. defeats that of W&T Offshore, Inc. when the two are compared, with APPS taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. APPS 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, APPS is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for APPS is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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