Set Sail With Vital Therapies, Inc. (VTL), vTv Therapeutics Inc. (VTVT)

The shares of Vital Therapies, Inc. have decreased by more than -94.54% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 8.33% or $0.02 and now trades at $0.32. The shares of vTv Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:VTVT), has slumped by -42.10% year to date as of 10/10/2018. The shares currently trade at $3.48 and have been able to report a change of 2.35% over the past one week.

The stock of Vital Therapies, Inc. and vTv Therapeutics 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. These figures suggest that VTVT ventures generate a higher ROI than that of VTL.

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 VTL is 3.90 and that of VTVT is 0.20. This implies that it is easier for VTL to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than VTVT.


VTL currently trades at a P/B of 0.52, while VTVT trades at a P/S of 19.89. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, VTL 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. Looking at its rival pricing, VTVT is at a 16% relative to its price target of 3.00.

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), VTL is given a 3.00 while 3.00 placed for VTVT. This means that analysts are equally bullish on their outlook for the two stocks 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 VTL is 1.72 while that of VTVT is just 0.34. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for VTVT stock.


The stock of Vital Therapies, Inc. defeats that of vTv Therapeutics Inc. when the two are compared, with VTL taking 4 out of the total factors that were been considered. VTL 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, VTL is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for VTL is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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