The shares of ADT Inc. have decreased by more than -37.29% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -4.55% or -$0.37 and now trades at $7.77. The shares of Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE:AEM), has slumped by -19.08% year to date as of 10/11/2018. The shares currently trade at $37.37 and have been able to report a change of 6.68% over the past one week.
The stock of ADT Inc. and Agnico Eagle Mines Limited 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: 18.40% versus 10.00%
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 ADT will grow it’s earning at a 18.40% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to AEM which will have a positive growth at a 10.00% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of ADT 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. ADT has an EBITDA margin of 22.71%, this implies that the underlying business of ADT is more profitable. The ROI of ADT is 7.10% while that of AEM is 4.80%. These figures suggest that ADT ventures generate a higher ROI than that of AEM.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, ADT’s free cash flow per share is a positive 5.96, while that of AEM is negative -8.46.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 ADT is 0.90 and that of AEM is 4.00. This implies that it is easier for ADT to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than AEM. The debt ratio of ADT is 2.05 compared to 0.35 for AEM. ADT can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than AEM.Valuation
ADT currently trades at a forward P/E of 6.79, a P/B of 1.25, and a P/S of 1.34 while AEM trades at a forward P/E of 48.28, a P/B of 1.78, and a P/S of 3.83. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, ADT 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 ADT is currently at a -42.19% to its one-year price target of 13.44. Looking at its rival pricing, AEM is at a -26.58% relative to its price target of 50.90.
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), ADT is given a 1.90 while 2.20 placed for AEM. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for AEM 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 ADT is 12.30 while that of AEM is just 3.27. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for AEM stock.
The stock of Agnico Eagle Mines Limited defeats that of ADT Inc. when the two are compared, with AEM taking 4 out of the total factors that were been considered. AEM 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, AEM is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for AEM is better on when it is viewed on short interest.