The shares of Gulfport Energy Corporation have decreased by more than -13.32% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 3.75% or $0.4 and now trades at $11.06. The shares of Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation (NYSE:NNA), has slumped by -45.95% year to date as of 09/18/2018. The shares currently trade at $0.60 and have been able to report a change of 3.31% over the past one week.
The stock of Gulfport Energy Corporation and Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation were two of the most active stocks on Tuesday. 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: 8.01% versus -1.00%
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 GPOR will grow it’s earning at a 8.01% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to NNA which will have a positive growth at a -1.00% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of GPOR 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. GPOR has an EBITDA margin of 77.42%, this implies that the underlying business of GPOR is more profitable. The ROI of GPOR is 10.60% while that of NNA is 2.30%. These figures suggest that GPOR ventures generate a higher ROI than that of NNA.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, GPOR’s free cash flow per share is a negative -7.09, while that of NNA is also a negative -0.01.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 GPOR is 0.50 and that of NNA is 1.00. This implies that it is easier for GPOR to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than NNA. The debt ratio of GPOR is 0.66 compared to 2.53 for NNA. NNA can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than GPOR.Valuation
GPOR currently trades at a forward P/E of 7.96, a P/B of 0.60, and a P/S of 1.54 while NNA trades at a forward P/E of 60.00, a P/B of 0.21, and a P/S of 0.45. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, GPOR 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 GPOR is currently at a -27.33% to its one-year price target of 15.22. Looking at its rival pricing, NNA is at a -40% relative to its price target of 1.00.
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), GPOR is given a 2.20 while 3.50 placed for NNA. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for NNA 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 GPOR is 2.88 while that of NNA is just 2.48. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for NNA stock.
The stock of Gulfport Energy Corporation defeats that of Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation when the two are compared, with GPOR taking 7 out of the total factors that were been considered. GPOR 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, GPOR is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for GPOR is better on when it is viewed on short interest.