Which of 2 stocks would appeal to long-term investors? Zogenix, Inc. (ZGNX), Kelso Technologies Inc. (KIQ)

The shares of Zogenix, Inc. have increased by more than 39.58% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 20.73% or $9.6 and now trades at $55.90. The shares of Kelso Technologies Inc. (NYSE:KIQ), has jumped by 7.70% year to date as of 07/12/2018. The shares currently trade at $0.56 and have been able to report a change of 36.59% over the past one week.

The stock of Zogenix, Inc. and Kelso Technologies 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. These figures suggest that KIQ ventures generate a higher ROI than that of ZGNX.

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, ZGNX’s free cash flow per share is a negative -0.25.


ZGNX currently trades at a P/B of 7.11, and a P/S of 274.31 while KIQ trades at a P/B of 3.48, and a P/S of 3.75. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, ZGNX 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 ZGNX is currently at a 3.52% to its one-year price target of 54.00.

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 ZGNX is 8.90 while that of KIQ is just 14.54. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for ZGNX stock.


The stock of Zogenix, Inc. defeats that of Kelso Technologies Inc. when the two are compared, with ZGNX taking 3 out of the total factors that were been considered. ZGNX 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, ZGNX is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for ZGNX is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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