The shares of Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. have decreased by more than -15.79% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 0.58% or $1.08 and now trades at $186.13. The shares of Tilly’s, Inc. (NYSE:TLYS), has slumped by -18.39% year to date as of 12/06/2018. The shares currently trade at $11.23 and have been able to report a change of -26.41% over the past one week.
The stock of Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. and Tilly’s, 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: 12.15% versus 12.00%
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 MLM will grow it’s earning at a 12.15% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to TLYS which will have a positive growth at a 12.00% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of MLM 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. MLM has an EBITDA margin of 25.08%, this implies that the underlying business of MLM is more profitable. The ROI of MLM is 7.00% while that of TLYS is 8.70%. These figures suggest that TLYS ventures generate a higher ROI than that of MLM.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, MLM’s free cash flow per share is a positive 2.48.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 MLM is 1.90 and that of TLYS is 2.40. This implies that it is easier for MLM to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than TLYS. The debt ratio of MLM is 0.65 compared to 0.00 for TLYS. MLM can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than TLYS.Valuation
MLM currently trades at a forward P/E of 19.06, a P/B of 2.37, and a P/S of 2.87 while TLYS trades at a forward P/E of 12.15, a P/B of 1.87, and a P/S of 0.58. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, TLYS 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 MLM is currently at a -13.83% to its one-year price target of 216.00. Looking at its rival pricing, TLYS is at a -46.52% relative to its price target of 21.00.
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), MLM is given a 1.90 while 1.80 placed for TLYS. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for MLM 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 MLM is 4.37 while that of TLYS is just 2.42. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for TLYS stock.
The stock of Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. defeats that of Tilly’s, Inc. when the two are compared, with MLM taking 4 out of the total factors that were been considered. MLM 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, MLM is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for MLM is better on when it is viewed on short interest.