The shares of Ambev S.A. have decreased by more than -25.54% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 2.12% or $0.1 and now trades at $4.81. The shares of Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD), has slumped by -24.26% year to date as of 07/13/2018. The shares currently trade at $24.16 and have been able to report a change of -4.58% over the past one week.
The stock of Ambev S.A. and Vodafone Group Plc 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.Next 5Y EPS Growth: 24.05% versus 18.50%
When a company is able to grow consistently in terms of earnings at a high compound rate have the highest likelihood of creating value for its shareholders over time. Analysts have predicted that ABEV will grow it’s earning at a 24.05% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to VOD which will have a positive growth at a 18.50% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of ABEV implies a greater potential for capital appreciation over the years.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 VOD ventures generate a higher ROI than that of ABEV.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, ABEV’s free cash flow per share is a negative -5.21.Valuation
ABEV currently trades at a forward P/E of 18.50, a P/B of 5.88, and a P/S of 5.94 while VOD trades at a forward P/E of 31.87, a P/B of 0.84, and a P/S of 1.19. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, ABEV 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 ABEV is currently at a -25.43% to its one-year price target of 6.45. Looking at its rival pricing, VOD is at a -31.15% relative to its price target of 35.09.
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), ABEV is given a 2.70 while 1.00 placed for VOD. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for ABEV 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 ABEV is 1.04 while that of VOD is just 0.83. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for VOD stock.
The stock of Ambev S.A. defeats that of Vodafone Group Plc when the two are compared, with ABEV taking 4 out of the total factors that were been considered. ABEV 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, ABEV is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for ABEV is better on when it is viewed on short interest.