Which is more compelling pick right now? – NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA), TAL Education Group (TAL)

The shares of NVIDIA Corporation have increased by more than 28.85% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -0.76% or -$1.91 and now trades at $249.32. The shares of TAL Education Group (NYSE:TAL), has jumped by 29.92% year to date as of 07/13/2018. The shares currently trade at $38.60 and have been able to report a change of 1.29% over the past one week.

The stock of NVIDIA Corporation and TAL Education Group 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.

Next 5Y EPS Growth: 14.06% versus 45.23%

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 NVDA will grow it’s earning at a 14.06% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to TAL which will have a positive growth at a 45.23% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of TAL 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. NVDA has an EBITDA margin of 38.61%, this implies that the underlying business of NVDA is more profitable. The ROI of NVDA is 30.90% while that of TAL is 8.70%. These figures suggest that NVDA ventures generate a higher ROI than that of TAL.

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, NVDA’s free cash flow per share is a positive 12.31, while that of TAL is positive 28.21.

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 NVDA is 8.50 and that of TAL is 1.50. This implies that it is easier for NVDA to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than TAL. The debt ratio of NVDA is 0.26 compared to 0.15 for TAL. NVDA can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than TAL.


NVDA currently trades at a forward P/E of 31.69, a P/B of 19.59, and a P/S of 13.68 while TAL trades at a forward P/E of 50.00, a P/B of 11.99, and a P/S of 11.75. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, NVDA 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 NVDA is currently at a -11.17% to its one-year price target of 280.66. Looking at its rival pricing, TAL is at a -10.54% relative to its price target of 43.15.

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), NVDA is given a 2.20 while 1.90 placed for TAL. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for NVDA 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 NVDA is 1.18 while that of TAL is just 2.64. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for NVDA stock.


The stock of NVIDIA Corporation defeats that of TAL Education Group when the two are compared, with NVDA taking 7 out of the total factors that were been considered. NVDA 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, NVDA is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for NVDA is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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