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Financial Metrics You Should Care About: Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. (AKBA), Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (HLX)

The shares of Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. have decreased by more than -44.05% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -1.30% or -$0.11 and now trades at $8.32. The shares of Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE:HLX), has jumped by 10.74% year to date as of 12/04/2018. The shares currently trade at $8.35 and have been able to report a change of 5.30% over the past one week.

The stock of Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. and Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. 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.

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 AKBA is -65.20% while that of HLX is -0.10%. These figures suggest that HLX ventures generate a higher ROI than that of AKBA.

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, AKBA’s free cash flow per share is a negative -0.01, while that of HLX is positive 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 AKBA is 2.20 and that of HLX is 2.70. This implies that it is easier for AKBA to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than HLX. The debt ratio of AKBA is 0.00 compared to 0.27 for HLX. HLX can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than AKBA.

Valuation

AKBA currently trades at a P/B of 3.33, and a P/S of 2.01 while HLX trades at a forward P/E of 24.06, a P/B of 0.75, and a P/S of 1.66. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, HLX 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 AKBA is currently at a -55.34% to its one-year price target of 18.63. Looking at its rival pricing, HLX is at a -29.3% relative to its price target of 11.81.




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), AKBA is given a 2.20 while 1.90 placed for HLX. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for AKBA 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 AKBA is 5.87 while that of HLX is just 5.87. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for AKBA stock.

Conclusion

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

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