Financial Metrics You Should Care About: Newell Brands Inc. (NWL), Molina Healthcare, Inc. (MOH)

The shares of Newell Brands Inc. have decreased by more than -15.05% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 2.06% or $0.53 and now trades at $26.25. The shares of Molina Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:MOH), has jumped by 8.41% year to date as of 04/16/2018. The shares currently trade at $83.13 and have been able to report a change of 2.79% over the past one week.

The stock of Newell Brands Inc. and Molina Healthcare, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Monday. 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. NWL has an EBITDA margin of 20.06%, this implies that the underlying business of NWL is more profitable. The ROI of NWL is 4.90% while that of MOH is -11.40%. These figures suggest that NWL ventures generate a higher ROI than that of MOH.

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, NWL’s free cash flow per share is a positive 4.05, while that of MOH is negative -0.81.

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 NWL is 1.40 and that of MOH is 1.40. This implies that it is easier for NWL to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than MOH. The debt ratio of NWL is 0.75 compared to 1.62 for MOH. MOH can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than NWL.


NWL currently trades at a forward P/E of 9.08, a P/B of 0.91, and a P/S of 0.87 while MOH trades at a forward P/E of 18.63, a P/B of 3.48, and a P/S of 0.25. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, NWL 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 NWL is currently at a -12.09% to its one-year price target of 29.86. Looking at its rival pricing, MOH is at a -3.6% relative to its price target of 86.23.

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), NWL is given a 2.70 while 2.60 placed for MOH. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for NWL 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 NWL is 3.43 while that of MOH is just 5.32. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for NWL stock.


The stock of Molina Healthcare, Inc. defeats that of Newell Brands Inc. when the two are compared, with MOH taking 2 out of the total factors that were been considered. MOH 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, MOH is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for MOH is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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