Which of 2 stocks would appeal to long-term investors? Top Ships Inc. (TOPS), Senseonics Holdings, Inc. (SENS)

The shares of Top Ships Inc. have decreased by more than -19.12% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -10.38% or -$0.03 and now trades at $0.20. The shares of Senseonics Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SENS), has jumped by 20.30% year to date as of 01/25/2018. The shares currently trade at $3.20 and have been able to report a change of 7.38% over the past one week.

The stock of Top Ships Inc. and Senseonics Holdings, 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. TOPS has an EBITDA margin of 3.27%, this implies that the underlying business of TOPS is more profitable. The ROI of TOPS is 3.70% while that of SENS is -298.80%. These figures suggest that TOPS ventures generate a higher ROI than that of SENS.

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, TOPS’s free cash flow per share is a negative -21490.03, while that of SENS is also a negative -4.98.

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 TOPS is 0.30 and that of SENS is 2.90. This implies that it is easier for TOPS to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than SENS. The debt ratio of TOPS is 1.45 compared to 1.09 for SENS. TOPS can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than SENS.


TOPS currently trades at a P/B of 0.00, and a P/S of 0.34 while SENS trades at a P/B of 18.82, and a P/S of 119.07. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, TOPS 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 TOPS is currently at a -99.97% to its one-year price target of 750.00. Looking at its rival pricing, SENS is at a -30.89% relative to its price target of 4.63. This figure implies that over the next one year, SENS is a better investment.

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), TOPS is given a 3.00 while 1.30 placed for SENS. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for TOPS 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 TOPS is 0.45 while that of SENS is just 11.23. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for TOPS stock.


The stock of Top Ships Inc. defeats that of Senseonics Holdings, Inc. when the two are compared, with TOPS taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. TOPS 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, TOPS is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for TOPS is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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