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Robert Half International Inc. (RHI) is better stock pick than The Chemours Company (CC)

The shares of The Chemours Company have decreased by more than -34.28% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -5.68% or -$1.98 and now trades at $32.90. The shares of Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE:RHI), has jumped by 17.01% year to date as of 11/08/2018. The shares currently trade at $64.99 and have been able to report a change of 4.91% over the past one week.

The stock of The Chemours Company and Robert Half International 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.

Next 5Y EPS Growth: 1.50% versus 19.80%

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 CC will grow it’s earning at a 1.50% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to RHI which will have a positive growth at a 19.80% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of RHI 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. CC has an EBITDA margin of 25.67%, this implies that the underlying business of CC is more profitable. The ROI of CC is 17.90% while that of RHI is 29.90%. These figures suggest that RHI ventures generate a higher ROI than that of CC.

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, CC’s free cash flow per share is a positive 2.77, while that of RHI is positive 2.7.

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 CC is 2.10 and that of RHI is 1.80. This implies that it is easier for CC to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than RHI. The debt ratio of CC is 3.90 compared to 0.00 for RHI. CC can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than RHI.

Valuation

CC currently trades at a forward P/E of 5.29, a P/B of 5.74, and a P/S of 0.88 while RHI trades at a forward P/E of 16.65, a P/B of 6.97, and a P/S of 1.40. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, CC 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 CC is currently at a -39.07% to its one-year price target of 54.00. Looking at its rival pricing, RHI is at a -2.74% relative to its price target of 66.82.

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), CC is given a 2.10 while 2.80 placed for RHI. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for RHI 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 CC is 2.40 while that of RHI is just 5.50. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for CC stock.

Conclusion

The stock of Robert Half International Inc. defeats that of The Chemours Company when the two are compared, with RHI taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. RHI 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, RHI is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for RHI is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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