The shares of Tronox Limited have decreased by more than -42.95% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 5.50% or $0.61 and now trades at $11.70. The shares of Chico’s FAS, Inc. (NYSE:CHS), has slumped by -11.56% year to date as of 10/10/2018. The shares currently trade at $7.80 and have been able to report a change of -4.65% over the past one week.

The stock of Tronox Limited and Chico’s FAS, 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: 10.00% versus 15.00%**

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 TROX will grow it’s earning at a 10.00% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to CHS which will have a positive growth at a 15.00% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of CHS 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. TROX has an EBITDA margin of 31.83%, this implies that the underlying business of TROX is more profitable. The ROI of TROX is -26.70% while that of CHS is 12.80%. These figures suggest that CHS ventures generate a higher ROI than that of TROX.

**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, TROX’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0.14, while that of CHS is positive 0.77.

**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 TROX is 7.80 and that of CHS is 2.00. This implies that it is easier for TROX to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than CHS. The debt ratio of TROX is 4.37 compared to 0.10 for CHS. TROX can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than CHS.

**Valuation**

TROX currently trades at a forward P/E of 6.61, a P/B of 1.99, and a P/S of 0.82 while CHS trades at a forward P/E of 11.91, a P/B of 1.52, and a P/S of 0.44. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, TROX 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 TROX is currently at a -40.4% to its one-year price target of 19.63. Looking at its rival pricing, CHS is at a -14.19% relative to its price target of 9.09.

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), TROX is given a 2.40 while 2.80 placed for CHS. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for CHS 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 TROX is 3.93 while that of CHS is just 5.02. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for TROX stock.

Conclusion

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