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Are These Stocks A Sure Bet? – Superior Energy Services, Inc. (SPN), Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (SGYP)

The shares of Superior Energy Services, Inc. have increased by more than 1.56% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -9.53% or -$1.03 and now trades at $9.78. The shares of Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:SGYP), has slumped by -40.36% year to date as of 10/10/2018. The shares currently trade at $1.33 and have been able to report a change of -16.87% over the past one week.

The stock of Superior Energy Services, Inc. and Synergy Pharmaceuticals 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 SPN is -6.60% while that of SGYP is -201.10%. These figures suggest that SPN ventures generate a higher ROI than that of SGYP.

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, SPN’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0.58, while that of SGYP is negative -0.22.

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 SPN is 2.00 and that of SGYP is 2.80. This implies that it is easier for SPN to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than SGYP.

Valuation

SPN currently trades at a P/B of 1.43, and a P/S of 0.75 while SGYP trades at a P/S of 9.43. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, SPN 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 SPN is currently at a -16.34% to its one-year price target of 11.69. Looking at its rival pricing, SGYP is at a -78.69% relative to its price target of 6.24.




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), SPN is given a 2.40 while 2.00 placed for SGYP. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for SPN 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 SPN is 3.72 while that of SGYP is just 24.74. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for SPN stock.

Conclusion

The stock of Superior Energy Services, Inc. defeats that of Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. when the two are compared, with SPN taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. SPN 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, SPN is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for SPN is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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