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Reliable Long-term Trend to Profit From: Prospect Capital Corporation (PSEC), Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc. (APLE)

The shares of Prospect Capital Corporation have increased by more than 3.86% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 0.72% or $0.05 and now trades at $7.00. The shares of Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc. (NYSE:APLE), has slumped by -17.34% year to date as of 11/08/2018. The shares currently trade at $16.21 and have been able to report a change of -0.31% over the past one week.

The stock of Prospect Capital Corporation and Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc. 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. These figures suggest that APLE ventures generate a higher ROI than that of PSEC.

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, PSEC’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0, while that of APLE is positive 2.4.

Valuation



PSEC currently trades at a forward P/E of 8.14, a P/B of 0.75, and a P/S of 3.88 while APLE trades at a forward P/E of 17.15, a P/B of 1.05, and a P/S of 2.99. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, PSEC 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 PSEC is currently at a 16.67% to its one-year price target of 6.00. Looking at its rival pricing, APLE is at a -16.87% relative to its price target of 19.50.

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), PSEC is given a 3.50 while 2.40 placed for APLE. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for PSEC 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 PSEC is 10.49 while that of APLE is just 3.31. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for APLE stock.

Conclusion

The stock of Prospect Capital Corporation defeats that of Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc. when the two are compared, with PSEC taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. PSEC 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, PSEC is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for PSEC is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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