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Financial Metrics You Should Care About: IntelliPharmaCeutics International Inc. (IPCI), TTM Technologies, Inc. (TTMI)

The shares of IntelliPharmaCeutics International Inc. have decreased by more than -87.00% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -21.80% or -$0.29 and now trades at $1.04. The shares of TTM Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTMI), has slumped by -10.40% year to date as of 10/10/2018. The shares currently trade at $14.04 and have been able to report a change of -10.12% over the past one week.

The stock of IntelliPharmaCeutics International Inc. and TTM Technologies, 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 IPCI is -486.20% while that of TTMI is 13.20%. These figures suggest that TTMI ventures generate a higher ROI than that of IPCI.

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, IPCI’s free cash flow per share is a negative -0.07, while that of TTMI is positive 0.47.

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 IPCI is 0.60 and that of TTMI is 1.70. This implies that it is easier for IPCI to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than TTMI.

Valuation

IPCI currently trades at a P/S of 2.08 while TTMI trades at a forward P/E of 6.85, a P/B of 1.27, and a P/S of 0.55. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, TTMI 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 IPCI is currently at a -96.22% to its one-year price target of 27.50. Looking at its rival pricing, TTMI is at a -37.32% relative to its price target of 22.40.




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), IPCI is given a 2.00 while 1.70 placed for TTMI. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for IPCI 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 IPCI is 7.45 while that of TTMI is just 13.63. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for IPCI stock.

Conclusion

The stock of IntelliPharmaCeutics International Inc. defeats that of TTM Technologies, Inc. when the two are compared, with IPCI taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. IPCI 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, IPCI is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for IPCI is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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