Are These Stocks A Sure Bet? – Endocyte, Inc. (ECYT), Grupo Supervielle S.A. (SUPV)

The shares of Endocyte, Inc. have increased by more than 344.63% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 0.63% or $0.12 and now trades at $19.03. The shares of Grupo Supervielle S.A. (NYSE:SUPV), has slumped by -76.33% year to date as of 09/13/2018. The shares currently trade at $6.94 and have been able to report a change of -12.48% over the past one week.

The stock of Endocyte, Inc. and Grupo Supervielle S.A. 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 SUPV ventures generate a higher ROI than that of ECYT.

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, ECYT’s free cash flow per share is a negative -16, while that of SUPV is also a negative -36.27.

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 debt ratio of ECYT is 0.00 compared to 0.59 for SUPV. SUPV can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than ECYT.


ECYT currently trades at a P/B of 8.00, and a P/S of 18345.30 while SUPV trades at a forward P/E of 4.75, a P/B of 1.54, and a P/S of 1.03. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, SUPV 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 ECYT is currently at a -7.93% to its one-year price target of 20.67. Looking at its rival pricing, SUPV is at a -59.3% relative to its price target of 17.05.

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), ECYT is given a 1.30 while 2.20 placed for SUPV. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for SUPV 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 ECYT is 4.62 while that of SUPV is just 0.43. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for SUPV stock.


The stock of Endocyte, Inc. defeats that of Grupo Supervielle S.A. when the two are compared, with ECYT taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. ECYT 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, ECYT is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for ECYT is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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