Taking Tally Of Genworth Financial, Inc. (GNW), SLM Corporation (SLM)

The shares of Genworth Financial, Inc. have increased by more than 51.45% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 0.21% or $0.01 and now trades at $4.71. The shares of SLM Corporation (NASDAQ:SLM), has slumped by -6.28% year to date as of 11/08/2018. The shares currently trade at $10.59 and have been able to report a change of 2.32% over the past one week.

The stock of Genworth Financial, Inc. and SLM Corporation 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: 5.00% versus 18.00%

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 GNW will grow it’s earning at a 5.00% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to SLM which will have a positive growth at a 18.00% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of SLM 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. GNW has an EBITDA margin of 15.91%, this implies that the underlying business of SLM is more profitable. The ROI of GNW is 4.20% while that of SLM is 1.50%. These figures suggest that GNW ventures generate a higher ROI than that of SLM.

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, GNW’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0, while that of SLM is negative -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 debt ratio of GNW is 0.34 compared to 9.18 for SLM. SLM can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than GNW.


GNW currently trades at a forward P/E of 4.01, a P/B of 0.18, and a P/S of 0.29 while SLM trades at a forward P/E of 8.80, a P/B of 1.89, and a P/S of 2.62. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, GNW 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 GNW is currently at a 4.67% to its one-year price target of 4.50. Looking at its rival pricing, SLM is at a -28.3% relative to its price target of 14.77.

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), GNW is given a 3.00 while 1.50 placed for SLM. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for GNW 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 GNW is 1.90 while that of SLM is just 11.42. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for GNW stock.


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

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