Financially Devastating or Fantastic? – Thomson Reuters Corporation (TRI), Atlassian Corporation Plc (TEAM)

The shares of Thomson Reuters Corporation have increased by more than 17.60% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 2.37% or $1.18 and now trades at $51.00. The shares of Atlassian Corporation Plc (NASDAQ:TEAM), has jumped by 88.31% year to date as of 12/04/2018. The shares currently trade at $85.72 and have been able to report a change of 14.81% over the past one week.

The stock of Thomson Reuters Corporation and Atlassian Corporation Plc were two of the most active stocks on Tuesday. 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: 30.50% versus 24.80%

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 TRI will grow it’s earning at a 30.50% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to TEAM which will have a positive growth at a 24.80% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of TRI 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. The ROI of TRI is 8.50% while that of TEAM is -3.50%. These figures suggest that TRI ventures generate a higher ROI than that of TEAM.

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, TRI’s free cash flow per share is a positive 4.59.

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 TRI is 2.50 and that of TEAM is 4.20. This implies that it is easier for TRI to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than TEAM. The debt ratio of TRI is 0.59 compared to 1.16 for TEAM. TEAM can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than TRI.


TRI currently trades at a forward P/E of 40.32, a P/B of 2.72, and a P/S of 3.70 while TEAM trades at a forward P/E of 88.74, a P/B of 28.38, and a P/S of 21.00. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, TRI 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 TRI is currently at a 6.87% to its one-year price target of 47.72. Looking at its rival pricing, TEAM is at a -5.96% relative to its price target of 91.15.

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), TRI is given a 2.80 while 2.10 placed for TEAM. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for TRI 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 TRI is 3.34 while that of TEAM is just 4.00. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for TRI stock.


The stock of Atlassian Corporation Plc defeats that of Thomson Reuters Corporation when the two are compared, with TEAM taking 4 out of the total factors that were been considered. TEAM 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, TEAM is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for TEAM is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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