The shares of Taylor Morrison Home Corporation have decreased by more than -32.33% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -2.07% or -$0.35 and now trades at $16.56. The shares of Evolent Health, Inc. (NYSE:EVH), has jumped by 106.75% year to date as of 10/10/2018. The shares currently trade at $25.43 and have been able to report a change of -5.53% over the past one week.
The stock of Taylor Morrison Home Corporation and Evolent Health, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Wednesday. 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: 14.37% versus 30.00%
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 TMHC will grow it’s earning at a 14.37% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to EVH which will have a positive growth at a 30.00% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of EVH 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. TMHC has an EBITDA margin of 9.48%, this implies that the underlying business of TMHC is more profitable. The ROI of TMHC is 3.70% while that of EVH is -5.80%. These figures suggest that TMHC ventures generate a higher ROI than that of EVH.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, TMHC’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0.35.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 TMHC is 0.64 compared to 0.12 for EVH. TMHC can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than EVH.Valuation
TMHC currently trades at a forward P/E of 5.92, a P/B of 0.82, and a P/S of 0.47 while EVH trades at a forward P/E of 176.60, a P/B of 1.89, and a P/S of 3.91. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, TMHC 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 TMHC is currently at a -36.16% to its one-year price target of 25.94. Looking at its rival pricing, EVH is at a -18.18% relative to its price target of 31.08.
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), TMHC is given a 2.60 while 1.60 placed for EVH. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for TMHC 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 TMHC is 2.32 while that of EVH is just 11.50. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for TMHC stock.
The stock of Evolent Health, Inc. defeats that of Taylor Morrison Home Corporation when the two are compared, with EVH taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. EVH 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, EVH is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for EVH is better on when it is viewed on short interest.