Which is more compelling pick right now? – Neovasc Inc. (NVCN), AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS)

The shares of Neovasc Inc. have decreased by more than -93.60% this year alone. The shares of AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS), has slumped by -18.90% year to date as of 07/12/2018. The shares currently trade at $4.59 and have been able to report a change of 2.23% over the past one week.

The stock of Neovasc Inc. and AK Steel Holding 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. These figures suggest that AKS ventures generate a higher ROI than that of NVCN.

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, NVCN’s free cash flow per share is a negative -1.72, while that of AKS is positive 0.47.


NVCN currently trades at a P/S of 0.71 while AKS trades at a forward P/E of 5.42, and a P/S of 0.23. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, NVCN 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 NVCN is currently at a -97.87% to its one-year price target of 1.88. Looking at its rival pricing, AKS is at a -18.76% relative to its price target of 5.65.

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), NVCN is given a 1.00 while 2.90 placed for AKS. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for AKS 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 NVCN is 1.45 while that of AKS is just 6.06. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for NVCN stock.


The stock of Neovasc Inc. defeats that of AK Steel Holding Corporation when the two are compared, with NVCN taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. NVCN 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, NVCN is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for NVCN is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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