The shares of New York Community Bancorp, Inc. have decreased by more than -24.88% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -0.51% or -$0.05 and now trades at $9.78. The shares of H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB), has jumped by 8.05% year to date as of 11/08/2018. The shares currently trade at $28.33 and have been able to report a change of 7.07% over the past one week.
The stock of New York Community Bancorp, Inc. and H&R Block, 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. The ROI of NYCB is 12.40% while that of HRB is 37.60%. These figures suggest that HRB ventures generate a higher ROI than that of NYCB.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, NYCB’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0, while that of HRB is negative -13.78.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 NYCB is 0.06 compared to 7.79 for HRB. HRB can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than NYCB.Valuation
NYCB currently trades at a forward P/E of 12.30, a P/B of 0.76, and a P/S of 2.93 while HRB trades at a forward P/E of 13.76, a P/B of 30.79, and a P/S of 1.86. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, NYCB 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 NYCB is currently at a -8.77% to its one-year price target of 10.72. Looking at its rival pricing, HRB is at a 11.4% relative to its price target of 25.43.
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), NYCB is given a 2.80 while 2.80 placed for HRB. This means that analysts are equally bullish on their outlook for the two stocks 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 NYCB is 13.20 while that of HRB is just 9.95. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for HRB stock.
The stock of New York Community Bancorp, Inc. defeats that of H&R Block, Inc. when the two are compared, with NYCB taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. NYCB 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, NYCB is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for NYCB is better on when it is viewed on short interest.