Which is more compelling pick right now? – Turtle Beach Corporation (HEAR), Altimmune, Inc. (ALT)

The shares of Turtle Beach Corporation have increased by more than 801.21% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -12.06% or -$2.24 and now trades at $16.33. The shares of Altimmune, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALT), has slumped by -74.62% year to date as of 05/17/2018. The shares currently trade at $0.50 and have been able to report a change of -11.40% over the past one week.

The stock of Turtle Beach Corporation and Altimmune, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Thuday. 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. HEAR has an EBITDA margin of 13.39%, this implies that the underlying business of HEAR is more profitable. The ROI of HEAR is 21.30% while that of ALT is -114.90%. These figures suggest that HEAR ventures generate a higher ROI than that of ALT.

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, HEAR’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0.03.

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 HEAR is 2.20 and that of ALT is 6.10. This implies that it is easier for HEAR to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than ALT.


HEAR currently trades at a forward P/E of 15.05, and a P/S of 0.50 while ALT trades at a P/B of 0.21, and a P/S of 1.19. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, HEAR 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 HEAR is currently at a 144.83% to its one-year price target of 6.67. Looking at its rival pricing, ALT is at a -91.67% relative to its price target of 6.00.

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), HEAR is given a 1.30 while 2.00 placed for ALT. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for ALT 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 HEAR is 0.43 while that of ALT is just 1.51. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for HEAR stock.


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

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