The shares of Adient plc have decreased by more than -59.67% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 0.47% or $0.15 and now trades at $31.74. The shares of RH (NYSE:RH), has jumped by 37.59% year to date as of 10/11/2018. The shares currently trade at $118.62 and have been able to report a change of 1.12% over the past one week.
The stock of Adient plc and RH 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: 9.20% versus 33.43%
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 ADNT will grow it’s earning at a 9.20% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to RH which will have a positive growth at a 33.43% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of RH 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. The ROI of ADNT is 7.40% while that of RH is 6.30%. These figures suggest that ADNT ventures generate a higher ROI than that of RH.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, ADNT’s free cash flow per share is a positive 1.39, while that of RH is positive 0.91.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 ADNT is 1.00 and that of RH is 0.80. This implies that it is easier for ADNT to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than RH. The debt ratio of ADNT is 0.90 compared to 7.47 for RH. RH can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than ADNT.Valuation
ADNT currently trades at a forward P/E of 4.39, a P/B of 0.77, and a P/S of 0.18 while RH trades at a forward P/E of 14.51, a P/B of 17.81, and a P/S of 1.10. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, ADNT 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 ADNT is currently at a -37.76% to its one-year price target of 51.00. Looking at its rival pricing, RH is at a -24.42% relative to its price target of 156.94.
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), ADNT is given a 3.00 while 2.50 placed for RH. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for ADNT 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 ADNT is 6.99 while that of RH is just 6.48. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for RH stock.
The stock of RH defeats that of Adient plc when the two are compared, with RH taking 4 out of the total factors that were been considered. RH 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, RH is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for RH is better on when it is viewed on short interest.