The shares of VeriFone Systems, Inc. have increased by more than 29.93% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 0.31% or $0.07 and now trades at $23.01. The shares of Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSE:LNG), has jumped by 16.79% year to date as of 08/09/2018. The shares currently trade at $62.88 and have been able to report a change of -0.69% over the past one week.
The stock of VeriFone Systems, Inc. and Cheniere Energy, 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.Next 5Y EPS Growth: 16.34% versus 48.30%
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 PAY will grow it’s earning at a 16.34% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to LNG which will have a positive growth at a 48.30% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of LNG 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. PAY has an EBITDA margin of 7.37%, this implies that the underlying business of LNG is more profitable. The ROI of PAY is -9.10% while that of LNG is 7.20%. These figures suggest that LNG ventures generate a higher ROI than that of PAY.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, PAY’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0.65, while that of LNG is negative -5.72.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 PAY is 1.50 and that of LNG is 3.70. This implies that it is easier for PAY to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than LNG.Valuation
PAY currently trades at a forward P/E of 13.34, a P/B of 3.41, and a P/S of 1.40 while LNG trades at a forward P/E of 20.28, and a P/S of 2.38. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, PAY 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 PAY is currently at a 5.74% to its one-year price target of 21.76. Looking at its rival pricing, LNG is at a -13.71% relative to its price target of 72.87.
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), PAY is given a 3.00 while 1.60 placed for LNG. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for PAY 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 PAY is 2.86 while that of LNG is just 4.69. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for PAY stock.
The stock of VeriFone Systems, Inc. defeats that of Cheniere Energy, Inc. when the two are compared, with PAY taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. PAY 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, PAY is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for PAY is better on when it is viewed on short interest.