The shares of Netlist, Inc. have decreased by more than -39.50% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 9.49% or $0.02 and now trades at $0.19. The shares of China Lodging Group, Limited (NASDAQ:HTHT), has jumped by 17.36% year to date as of 05/15/2018. The shares currently trade at $169.50 and have been able to report a change of 16.45% over the past one week.
The stock of Netlist, Inc. and China Lodging Group, Limited 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.Next 5Y EPS Growth: 15.00% versus 7.79%
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 NLST will grow it’s earning at a 15.00% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to HTHT which will have a positive growth at a 7.79% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of NLST 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 NLST is -111.80% while that of HTHT is 9.40%. These figures suggest that HTHT ventures generate a higher ROI than that of NLST.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, NLST’s free cash flow per share is a negative -0.01, while that of HTHT is positive 0.12.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 NLST is 1.80 and that of HTHT is 1.60. This implies that it is easier for NLST to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than HTHT.Valuation
NLST currently trades at a P/S of 0.41 while HTHT trades at a forward P/E of 31.48, a P/B of 11.67, and a P/S of 9.39. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, NLST 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. Looking at its rival pricing, HTHT is at a 7.09% relative to its price target of 158.28.
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), NLST is given a 2.50 while 1.80 placed for HTHT. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for NLST 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 NLST is 6.18 while that of HTHT is just 3.16. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for HTHT stock.
The stock of China Lodging Group, Limited defeats that of Netlist, Inc. when the two are compared, with HTHT taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. HTHT 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, HTHT is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for HTHT is better on when it is viewed on short interest.