Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (EBIO) is better stock pick than Seadrill Limited (SDRL)

The shares of Seadrill Limited have increased by more than 98.88% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 26.37% or $0.1 and now trades at $0.46. The shares of Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:EBIO), has jumped by 305.67% year to date as of 05/16/2018. The shares currently trade at $3.29 and have been able to report a change of 16.25% over the past one week.

The stock of Seadrill Limited and Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Wednesday. 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 SDRL is -37.50% while that of EBIO is -162.50%. These figures suggest that SDRL ventures generate a higher ROI than that of EBIO.

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, SDRL’s free cash flow per share is a positive 2.42.

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 SDRL is 2.60 and that of EBIO is 3.20. This implies that it is easier for SDRL to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than EBIO. The debt ratio of SDRL is 0.20 compared to 0.00 for EBIO. SDRL can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than EBIO.


SDRL currently trades at a P/B of 0.04, and a P/S of 0.10 while EBIO trades at a P/B of 5.58, and a P/S of 395.70. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, SDRL 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 SDRL is currently at a -54% to its one-year price target of 1.00. Looking at its rival pricing, EBIO is at a 64.5% relative to its price target of 2.00.

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), SDRL is given a 4.00 while 2.00 placed for EBIO. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for SDRL 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 SDRL is 5.15 while that of EBIO is just 1.16. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for EBIO stock.


The stock of Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. defeats that of Seadrill Limited when the two are compared, with EBIO taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. EBIO 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, EBIO is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for EBIO is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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