Which is more compelling pick right now? – VEREIT, Inc. (VER), Aytu BioScience, Inc. (AYTU)

The shares of VEREIT, Inc. have decreased by more than -14.38% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -0.30% or -$0.02 and now trades at $6.67. The shares of Aytu BioScience, Inc. (NASDAQ:AYTU), has slumped by -76.79% year to date as of 04/13/2018. The shares currently trade at $0.52 and have been able to report a change of -6.76% over the past one week.

The stock of VEREIT, Inc. and Aytu BioScience, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Friday. 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. VER has an EBITDA margin of 41.05%, this implies that the underlying business of VER is more profitable. These figures suggest that VER ventures generate a higher ROI than that of AYTU.

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, VER’s free cash flow per share is a positive 3.1, while that of AYTU is negative -0.13.

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 VER is 0.77 compared to 0.00 for AYTU. VER can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than AYTU.


VER currently trades at a P/B of 0.82, and a P/S of 5.19 while AYTU trades at a P/B of 0.70, and a P/S of 3.41. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, VER 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 VER is currently at a -17.55% to its one-year price target of 8.09. Looking at its rival pricing, AYTU is at a -94.8% relative to its price target of 10.00.

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), VER is given a 2.50 while 2.00 placed for AYTU. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for VER 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 VER is 3.41 while that of AYTU is just 0.23. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for AYTU stock.


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

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