The shares of Baytex Energy Corp. have increased by more than 28.67% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -5.85% or -$0.24 and now trades at $3.86. The shares of Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ:BLNK), has jumped by 21.33% year to date as of 06/15/2018. The shares currently trade at $5.46 and have been able to report a change of -1.62% over the past one week.
The stock of Baytex Energy Corp. and Blink Charging Co. were two of the most active stocks on Friday. 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 BTE is -0.10% while that of BLNK is 46.60%. These figures suggest that BLNK ventures generate a higher ROI than that of BTE.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, BTE’s free cash flow per share is a positive -0, while that of BLNK is negative -0.49.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 BTE is 0.60 and that of BLNK is 1.20. This implies that it is easier for BTE to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than BLNK. The debt ratio of BTE is 0.89 compared to 0.11 for BLNK. BTE can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than BLNK.Valuation
BTE currently trades at a P/B of 0.61, and a P/S of 1.36 while BLNK trades at a P/B of 17.61, and a P/S of 45.75. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, BTE 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 BTE is currently at a -2.03% to its one-year price target of 3.94.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 BTE is 5.47 while that of BLNK is just 0.24. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for BLNK stock.
The stock of Baytex Energy Corp. defeats that of Blink Charging Co. when the two are compared, with BTE taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. BTE 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, BTE is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for BTE is better on when it is viewed on short interest.