SemGroup Corporation (SEMG) is better stock pick than Cannae Holdings, Inc. (CNNE)

The shares of Cannae Holdings, Inc. have increased by more than 19.91% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 2.15% or $0.43 and now trades at $20.42. The shares of SemGroup Corporation (NYSE:SEMG), has slumped by -13.91% year to date as of 05/17/2018. The shares currently trade at $26.00 and have been able to report a change of 1.36% over the past one week.

The stock of Cannae Holdings, Inc. and SemGroup Corporation were two of the most active stocks on Thuday. 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 CNNE is -4.50% while that of SEMG is 2.20%. These figures suggest that SEMG ventures generate a higher ROI than that of CNNE.

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, CNNE’s free cash flow per share is a negative -1.21, while that of SEMG is also a negative -3.83.

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 CNNE is 1.80 and that of SEMG is 1.50. This implies that it is easier for CNNE to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than SEMG. The debt ratio of CNNE is 0.01 compared to 1.69 for SEMG. SEMG can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than CNNE.


CNNE currently trades at a P/B of 1.36, and a P/S of 1.24 while SEMG trades at a forward P/E of 28.60, a P/B of 1.25, and a P/S of 0.90. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, SEMG 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 CNNE is currently at a 2.1% to its one-year price target of 20.00. Looking at its rival pricing, SEMG is at a -3.7% relative to its price target of 27.00.

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), CNNE is given a 2.50 while 2.50 placed for SEMG. 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 CNNE is 3.44 while that of SEMG is just 11.97. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for CNNE stock.


The stock of SemGroup Corporation defeats that of Cannae Holdings, Inc. when the two are compared, with SEMG taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. SEMG 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, SEMG is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for SEMG is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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