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Choosing Between Hot Stocks: eGain Corporation (EGAN), Seritage Growth Properties (SRG)

The shares of eGain Corporation have increased by more than 24.95% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -15.25% or -$1.18 and now trades at $6.56. The shares of Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE:SRG), has jumped by 11.22% year to date as of 10/10/2018. The shares currently trade at $45.00 and have been able to report a change of -5.18% over the past one week.

The stock of eGain Corporation and Seritage Growth Properties 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. EGAN has an EBITDA margin of 4.32%, this implies that the underlying business of SRG is more profitable. The ROI of EGAN is -160.40% while that of SRG is -2.40%. These figures suggest that SRG ventures generate a higher ROI than that of EGAN.

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, EGAN’s free cash flow per share is a positive -0.

Valuation



EGAN currently trades at a forward P/E of 119.27, and a P/S of 2.99 while SRG trades at a P/B of 1.82, and a P/S of 7.50. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, EGAN 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 EGAN is currently at a -54.76% to its one-year price target of 14.50. Looking at its rival pricing, SRG is at a 2.27% relative to its price target of 44.00.

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), EGAN is given a 2.00 while 3.00 placed for SRG. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for SRG 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 EGAN is 2.82 while that of SRG is just 35.02. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for EGAN stock.

Conclusion

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

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