Are These Stocks A Sure Bet? – Coeur Mining, Inc. (CDE), Frontier Communications Corporation (FTR)

The shares of Coeur Mining, Inc. have increased by more than 10.27% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 2.61% or $0.21 and now trades at $8.27. The shares of Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR), has slumped by -24.26% year to date as of 07/12/2018. The shares currently trade at $5.12 and have been able to report a change of -1.54% over the past one week.

The stock of Coeur Mining, Inc. and Frontier Communications Corporation 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.

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. CDE has an EBITDA margin of 25.59%, this implies that the underlying business of CDE is more profitable. The ROI of CDE is 1.90% while that of FTR is -5.50%. These figures suggest that CDE ventures generate a higher ROI than that of FTR.

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, CDE’s free cash flow per share is a positive -0, while that of FTR is negative -1.12.

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 CDE is 2.10 and that of FTR is 0.50. This implies that it is easier for CDE to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than FTR. The debt ratio of CDE is 0.51 compared to 7.32 for FTR. FTR can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than CDE.


CDE currently trades at a forward P/E of 25.68, a P/B of 1.87, and a P/S of 2.22 while FTR trades at a P/B of 0.17, and a P/S of 0.04. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, CDE 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 CDE is currently at a -20.56% to its one-year price target of 10.41. Looking at its rival pricing, FTR is at a -39.62% relative to its price target of 8.48.

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), CDE is given a 2.30 while 3.50 placed for FTR. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for FTR 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 CDE is 2.96 while that of FTR is just 9.95. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for CDE stock.


The stock of Frontier Communications Corporation defeats that of Coeur Mining, Inc. when the two are compared, with FTR taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. FTR 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, FTR is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for FTR is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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