Sophiris Bio, Inc. (SPHS) is better stock pick than LiqTech International, Inc. (LIQT)

The shares of Sophiris Bio, Inc. have increased by more than 55.07% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 13.92% or $0.43 and now trades at $3.52. The shares of LiqTech International, Inc. (NYSE:LIQT), has slumped by -2.64% year to date as of 05/15/2018. The shares currently trade at $0.55 and have been able to report a change of 31.71% over the past one week.

The stock of Sophiris Bio, Inc. and LiqTech International, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Tueday. 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. These figures suggest that SPHS ventures generate a higher ROI than that of LIQT.

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 SPHS is 9.90 and that of LIQT is 2.00. This implies that it is easier for SPHS to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than LIQT. The debt ratio of SPHS is 0.88 compared to 0.00 for LIQT. SPHS can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than LIQT.


SPHS currently trades at a P/B of 14.08, while LIQT trades at a forward P/E of 27.66, a P/B of 3.46, and a P/S of 2.68. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, LIQT 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 SPHS is currently at a -41.33% to its one-year price target of 6.00.

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), SPHS is given a 2.00 while 2.00 placed for LIQT. This means that analysts are equally bullish on their outlook for the two stocks 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 SPHS is 8.23 while that of LIQT is just 0.42. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for LIQT stock.


The stock of Sophiris Bio, Inc. defeats that of LiqTech International, Inc. when the two are compared, with SPHS taking 4 out of the total factors that were been considered. SPHS 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, SPHS is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for SPHS is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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