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Are These Stocks A Sure Bet? – Zynga Inc. (ZNGA), Gold Fields Limited (GFI)

The shares of Zynga Inc. have decreased by more than -5.25% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -2.57% or -$0.1 and now trades at $3.79. The shares of Gold Fields Limited (NYSE:GFI), has slumped by -32.79% year to date as of 11/08/2018. The shares currently trade at $2.89 and have been able to report a change of 4.71% over the past one week.

The stock of Zynga Inc. and Gold Fields 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.

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. ZNGA has an EBITDA margin of 7.85%, this implies that the underlying business of ZNGA is more profitable. The ROI of ZNGA is 1.20% while that of GFI is 4.80%. These figures suggest that GFI ventures generate a higher ROI than that of ZNGA.

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, ZNGA’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0, while that of GFI is positive 67.66.

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 ZNGA is 2.00 and that of GFI is 1.10. This implies that it is easier for ZNGA to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than GFI. The debt ratio of ZNGA is 0.00 compared to 0.69 for GFI. GFI can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than ZNGA.

Valuation

ZNGA currently trades at a forward P/E of 22.97, a P/B of 2.04, and a P/S of 3.56 while GFI trades at a forward P/E of 14.45, a P/B of 0.87, and a P/S of 0.82. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, GFI 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 ZNGA is currently at a -19.53% to its one-year price target of 4.71. Looking at its rival pricing, GFI is at a -18.59% relative to its price target of 3.55.




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), ZNGA is given a 2.40 while 2.00 placed for GFI. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for ZNGA 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 ZNGA is 4.57 while that of GFI is just 2.35. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for GFI stock.

Conclusion

The stock of Zynga Inc. defeats that of Gold Fields Limited when the two are compared, with ZNGA taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. ZNGA 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, ZNGA is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for ZNGA is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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