Taking Tally Of ONEOK, Inc. (OKE), Arconic Inc. (ARNC)

The shares of ONEOK, Inc. have increased by more than 28.36% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -1.31% or -$0.91 and now trades at $68.61. The shares of Arconic Inc. (NYSE:ARNC), has slumped by -17.06% year to date as of 09/20/2018. The shares currently trade at $22.60 and have been able to report a change of 0.44% over the past one week.

The stock of ONEOK, Inc. and Arconic 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: 42.30% versus 20.00%

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 OKE will grow it’s earning at a 42.30% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to ARNC which will have a positive growth at a 20.00% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of OKE 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. OKE has an EBITDA margin of 17.15%, this implies that the underlying business of OKE is more profitable. The ROI of OKE is 7.30% while that of ARNC is 0.50%. These figures suggest that OKE ventures generate a higher ROI than that of ARNC.

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, OKE’s free cash flow per share is a negative -1.35, while that of ARNC is also a negative -0.19.

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 OKE is 0.60 and that of ARNC is 2.00. This implies that it is easier for OKE to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than ARNC. The debt ratio of OKE is 1.23 compared to 1.23 for ARNC. ARNC can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than OKE.


OKE currently trades at a forward P/E of 23.99, a P/B of 4.24, and a P/S of 2.21 while ARNC trades at a forward P/E of 14.17, a P/B of 2.12, and a P/S of 0.81. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, ARNC 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 OKE is currently at a -5.4% to its one-year price target of 72.53. Looking at its rival pricing, ARNC is at a -5.04% relative to its price target of 23.80.

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), OKE is given a 2.30 while 2.30 placed for ARNC. This means that analysts are equally bullish on their outlook for the two stocks 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 OKE is 3.51 while that of ARNC is just 4.18. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for OKE stock.


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

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