Comparing Valuation And Performance: Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ANTH), MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc. (MTSI)

The shares of Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have decreased by more than -80.75% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -5.67% or -$0.02 and now trades at $0.32. The shares of MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MTSI), has slumped by -25.78% year to date as of 06/13/2018. The shares currently trade at $24.15 and have been able to report a change of 0.84% over the past one week.

The stock of Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Wednesday. 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: 10.00% versus 15.50%

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 ANTH will grow it’s earning at a 10.00% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to MTSI which will have a positive growth at a 15.50% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of MTSI 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. These figures suggest that ANTH ventures generate a higher ROI than that of MTSI.

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 ANTH is 3.30 and that of MTSI is 5.40. This implies that it is easier for ANTH to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than MTSI. The debt ratio of ANTH is 0.00 compared to 0.91 for MTSI. MTSI can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than ANTH.


ANTH currently trades at a P/B of 1.27, while MTSI trades at a forward P/E of 22.01, a P/B of 2.06, and a P/S of 2.37. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, ANTH 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 ANTH is currently at a -95.08% to its one-year price target of 6.50. Looking at its rival pricing, MTSI is at a -1.75% relative to its price target of 24.58.

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), ANTH is given a 2.00 while 2.50 placed for MTSI. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for MTSI 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 ANTH is 1.02 while that of MTSI is just 13.79. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for ANTH stock.


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

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