Set Sail With Veeva Systems Inc. (VEEV), Five Below, Inc. (FIVE)

The shares of Veeva Systems Inc. have increased by more than 68.23% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -5.97% or -$5.9 and now trades at $93.00. The shares of Five Below, Inc. (NASDAQ:FIVE), has jumped by 57.69% year to date as of 12/04/2018. The shares currently trade at $104.58 and have been able to report a change of 3.19% over the past one week.

The stock of Veeva Systems Inc. and Five Below, 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.

Next 5Y EPS Growth: 27.98% versus 28.14%

When a company is able to grow consistently in terms of earnings at a high compound rate have the highest likelihood of creating value for its shareholders over time. Analysts have predicted that VEEV will grow it’s earning at a 27.98% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to FIVE which will have a positive growth at a 28.14% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of FIVE implies a greater potential for capital appreciation over the years.

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. VEEV has an EBITDA margin of 25.77%, this implies that the underlying business of VEEV is more profitable. The ROI of VEEV is 14.80% while that of FIVE is 21.90%. These figures suggest that FIVE ventures generate a higher ROI than that of VEEV.

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, VEEV’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0.01, while that of FIVE is negative -0.96.

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 VEEV is 3.90 and that of FIVE is 3.00. This implies that it is easier for VEEV to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than FIVE. The debt ratio of VEEV is 0.00 compared to 0.00 for FIVE. FIVE can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than VEEV.


VEEV currently trades at a forward P/E of 52.72, a P/B of 12.72, and a P/S of 16.93 while FIVE trades at a forward P/E of 33.69, a P/B of 11.48, and a P/S of 4.16. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, FIVE 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 VEEV is currently at a -11.85% to its one-year price target of 105.50. Looking at its rival pricing, FIVE is at a -19.52% relative to its price target of 129.94.

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), VEEV is given a 2.00 while 2.10 placed for FIVE. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for FIVE 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 VEEV is 4.70 while that of FIVE is just 2.92. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for FIVE stock.


The stock of Veeva Systems Inc. defeats that of Five Below, Inc. when the two are compared, with VEEV taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. VEEV 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, VEEV is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for VEEV is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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