The shares of VEON Ltd. have decreased by more than -24.74% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -1.70% or -$0.05 and now trades at $2.89. The shares of Darling Ingredients Inc. (NYSE:DAR), has jumped by 9.27% year to date as of 08/09/2018. The shares currently trade at $19.81 and have been able to report a change of -1.93% over the past one week.
The stock of VEON Ltd. and Darling Ingredients 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. The ROI of VEON is 4.90% while that of DAR is 4.30%. These figures suggest that VEON ventures generate a higher ROI than that of DAR.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, VEON’s free cash flow per share is a positive 1.11, while that of DAR is negative -0.81.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 VEON is 0.60 and that of DAR is 1.90. This implies that it is easier for VEON to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than DAR. The debt ratio of VEON is 2.98 compared to 0.75 for DAR. VEON can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than DAR.Valuation
VEON currently trades at a forward P/E of 7.92, a P/B of 1.42, and a P/S of 0.55 while DAR trades at a forward P/E of 21.44, a P/B of 1.38, and a P/S of 0.89. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, VEON 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 VEON is currently at a -27.57% to its one-year price target of 3.99. Looking at its rival pricing, DAR is at a -8.92% relative to its price target of 21.75.
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), VEON is given a 2.30 while 2.00 placed for DAR. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for VEON 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 VEON is 4.98 while that of DAR is just 5.01. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for VEON stock.
The stock of VEON Ltd. defeats that of Darling Ingredients Inc. when the two are compared, with VEON taking 7 out of the total factors that were been considered. VEON 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, VEON is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for VEON is better on when it is viewed on short interest.