The shares of Twitter, Inc. have increased by more than 94.75% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 6.10% or $2.69 and now trades at $46.76. The shares of Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX), has slumped by -32.42% year to date as of 06/14/2018. The shares currently trade at $3.08 and have been able to report a change of -0.81% over the past one week.
The stock of Twitter, Inc. and Pacific Ethanol, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Thursday. 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: 34.80% versus 20.00%
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 TWTR will grow it’s earning at a 34.80% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to PEIX which will have a positive growth at a 20.00% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of TWTR 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. TWTR has an EBITDA margin of 14.53%, this implies that the underlying business of TWTR is more profitable. The ROI of TWTR is 4.60% while that of PEIX is -4.30%. These figures suggest that TWTR ventures generate a higher ROI than that of PEIX.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, TWTR’s free cash flow per share is a positive 6.15, while that of PEIX is positive 0.27.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 TWTR is 10.20 and that of PEIX is 2.20. This implies that it is easier for TWTR to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than PEIX. The debt ratio of TWTR is 0.35 compared to 0.70 for PEIX. PEIX can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than TWTR.Valuation
TWTR currently trades at a forward P/E of 55.73, a P/B of 6.71, and a P/S of 13.38 while PEIX trades at a forward P/E of 9.70, a P/B of 0.38, and a P/S of 0.09. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, PEIX 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 TWTR is currently at a 50.4% to its one-year price target of 31.09. Looking at its rival pricing, PEIX is at a -68.41% relative to its price target of 9.75.
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), TWTR is given a 2.90 while 2.00 placed for PEIX. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for TWTR 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 TWTR is 1.02 while that of PEIX is just 5.04. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for TWTR stock.
The stock of Pacific Ethanol, Inc. defeats that of Twitter, Inc. when the two are compared, with PEIX taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. PEIX 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, PEIX is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for PEIX is better on when it is viewed on short interest.