Taking Tally Of Horizon Pharma Public Limited Company (HZNP), Spotify Technology S.A. (SPOT)

The shares of Horizon Pharma Public Limited Company have decreased by more than -9.11% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -3.14% or -$0.43 and now trades at $13.27. The shares of Spotify Technology S.A. (NYSE:SPOT), has slumped by -3.15% year to date as of 04/16/2018. The shares currently trade at $144.32 and have been able to report a change of -3.79% over the past one week.

The stock of Horizon Pharma Public Limited Company and Spotify Technology S.A. 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. The ROI of HZNP is -12.60% while that of SPOT is -32.00%. These figures suggest that HZNP ventures generate a higher ROI than that of SPOT.


HZNP currently trades at a forward P/E of 7.48, a P/B of 2.20, and a P/S of 2.08 while SPOT trades at a P/S of 5.26. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, HZNP 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 HZNP is currently at a -32.23% to its one-year price target of 19.58. Looking at its rival pricing, SPOT is at a -22.45% relative to its price target of 186.10.

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), HZNP is given a 1.80 while 1.90 placed for SPOT. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for SPOT stocks.


The stock of Spotify Technology S.A. defeats that of Horizon Pharma Public Limited Company when the two are compared, with SPOT taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. SPOT 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, SPOT is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for SPOT is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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