Financial Metrics You Should Care About: Unisys Corporation (UIS), 22nd Century Group, Inc. (XXII)

The shares of Unisys Corporation have increased by more than 77.91% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 1.75% or $0.25 and now trades at $14.50. The shares of 22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE:XXII), has slumped by -5.71% year to date as of 07/12/2018. The shares currently trade at $2.64 and have been able to report a change of -9.90% over the past one week.

The stock of Unisys Corporation and 22nd Century Group, 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.

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. UIS has an EBITDA margin of 6.24%, this implies that the underlying business of UIS is more profitable. The ROI of UIS is 5.00% while that of XXII is -17.60%. These figures suggest that UIS ventures generate a higher ROI than that of XXII.

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, UIS’s free cash flow per share is a negative -2.03.

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 UIS is 1.50 and that of XXII is 12.50. This implies that it is easier for UIS to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than XXII.


UIS currently trades at a forward P/E of 9.50, and a P/S of 0.26 while XXII trades at a P/B of 4.19, and a P/S of 15.16. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, UIS 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 UIS is currently at a 11.54% to its one-year price target of 13.00. Looking at its rival pricing, XXII is at a -77.04% relative to its price target of 11.50.

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), UIS is given a 2.70 while 2.00 placed for XXII. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for UIS 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 UIS is 17.21 while that of XXII is just 6.68. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for XXII stock.


The stock of Unisys Corporation defeats that of 22nd Century Group, Inc. when the two are compared, with UIS taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. UIS 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, UIS is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for UIS is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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