The shares of First Data Corporation (NYSE:FDC) and Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCHP) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. First Data Corporation (NYSE:FDC) soared to 0.5% closing at the price of $24.05 whereas the shares of Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCHP) declined -3.01% with the decrease of -2.15 points closing at the price of $69.28. First Data Corporation has currently increase 54.07% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Microchip Technology Incorporated subtracted -19.63% in the previous 6-months.
Now we have to analyze the facts that if the stocks were worthy off investors’ money? The facts to analyze here are risks, profitability, returns and price trends.
Returns and Profitability
Profitability and returns are the main reason of investment, the investors are looking for profits that they get and return they should expect over the period of time.
The first and foremost return that is considered while making an investment is the ROI or Return on Investment. The ROI is the ratio between the profit against the cost of investment. Currently the ROI of First Data Corporation (NYSE:FDC) is 9% while the ROI of Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCHP) is 15.1%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, FDC’s EBITDA Margin is 14.49 whereas MCHP’s is 18.62.
Both the profitability ratios suggest that Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCHP) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.
EPS & Surprise Factor
First Data Corporation (NYSE:FDC) reported $0.39/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.37/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 5.4 Percent. While, Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCHP) reported EPS of $1.61/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $1.48/share depicting a Surprise of 8.8 Percent.
Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Microchip Technology Incorporated tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than First Data Corporation. so MCHP is more profitable than FDC.
Technical Analysis of First Data Corporation & Microchip Technology Incorporated
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that First Data Corporation (NYSE:FDC) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCHP) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the First Data Corporation was in BEARISH territory and Microchip Technology Incorporated was in BEARISH territory.
FDC’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BEARISH with MEDIUM volatility. While MCHP’s candle is BEARISH with HIGH.
EPS Growth Rate: FDC’s 11.76% versus MCHP’s 15.1%
Another shareholder value can be analyzed through the EPS growth rate; the next 5 years EPS growth rate is predicted by the analysts after the analyzing the previous trends. The next 5 year EPS growth rate of First Data Corporation (NYSE:FDC) is predicted at 11.76% while Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCHP) stands at 15.1%. These numbers suggest that MCHP is more suitable investment in terms of EPS growth rate.
Financial Risk and Liquidity Concerns
The current ratio and the debt ratio are the two ratios that show the investor how quickly the company is able to payout its debt and how quickly it can cover its obligations. The current ratio of FDC stands at 1 while MCHP is at 1.3 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 5.2 while the debt ratio of the later is 2.22.
The values of the both ratios suggest that one is more liquid and other investment is more risk free.
While making an investment, another main factor to consider before investing is the analyst recommendation on the scale of 1 to 5 where 1 is strong buy, 2 is buy, 3 is hold, 4 is Sell and 5 is strong sell. Analyst recommend 1.7 for FDC and 1.9 for MCHP which means FDC has Buy rating whereas MCHP has Buy rating.
Another recommendation of analyst that is to be considered worthy is the price target. The mare price or price trend does not suggest the suitability of a stock. The price target set by analyst is also to be considered while investing as it suggests to what extent the stock will rise or fall in the near future. The price target set for FDC is $28.36 which is 15.2% of its current price while MCHP has price target of 112.93 which is 38.65% of its current price.
Valuation is the process of determining the company’s worth for an investor, the valuation ratios give an insight to that worthiness.
FDC currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 17.09 whereas MCHP has 26 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 14.58 and for the later it depicts the value of 9.12.
The price to Book P/B for FDC is 6.23, Price to Sale is at 2.04 and for MCHP these ratios stand at 3.18 and 3.99.