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EnLink Midstream Partners, LP (ENLK) is better stock pick than Mallinckrodt Public Limited Company (MNK)

The shares of Mallinckrodt Public Limited Company have increased by more than 38.16% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 1.33% or $0.41 and now trades at $31.17. The shares of EnLink Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE:ENLK), has slumped by -7.09% year to date as of 11/08/2018. The shares currently trade at $14.28 and have been able to report a change of -4.55% over the past one week.

The stock of Mallinckrodt Public Limited Company and EnLink Midstream Partners, LP 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. MNK has an EBITDA margin of 29.85%, this implies that the underlying business of MNK is more profitable. The ROI of MNK is 12.60% while that of ENLK is 4.90%. These figures suggest that MNK ventures generate a higher ROI than that of ENLK.

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, MNK’s free cash flow per share is a positive 6.56, while that of ENLK is negative -2.87.

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 MNK is 2.30 and that of ENLK is 0.70. This implies that it is easier for MNK to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than ENLK. The debt ratio of MNK is 0.98 compared to 1.53 for ENLK. ENLK can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than MNK.

Valuation

MNK currently trades at a forward P/E of 4.15, a P/B of 0.40, and a P/S of 0.93 while ENLK trades at a forward P/E of 36.24, a P/B of 1.92, and a P/S of 0.76. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, MNK 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 MNK is currently at a 1.56% to its one-year price target of 30.69. Looking at its rival pricing, ENLK is at a -22.09% relative to its price target of 18.33.




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), MNK is given a 2.90 while 2.80 placed for ENLK. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for MNK 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 MNK is 9.04 while that of ENLK is just 4.19. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for ENLK stock.

Conclusion

The stock of EnLink Midstream Partners, LP defeats that of Mallinckrodt Public Limited Company when the two are compared, with ENLK taking 4 out of the total factors that were been considered. ENLK 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, ENLK is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for ENLK is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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