Which Company’s Stock is more Profitable? NiSource, Inc (NI) or Callon Petroleum Company (CPE)

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The shares of NiSource, Inc (NYSE:NI) and Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE:CPE) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. NiSource, Inc (NYSE:NI) declined to -0.32% closing at the price of $24.97 whereas the shares of Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE:CPE) soared 0.8% with the increase of 0.1 points closing at the price of $12.66. NiSource, Inc has currently increase 3.4% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Callon Petroleum Company added 6.12% 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 NiSource, Inc (NYSE:NI) is 3.6% while the ROI of Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE:CPE) is 5.7%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, NI’s EBITDA Margin is 12.3 whereas CPE’s is 10.78.

Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for NiSource, Inc (NYSE:NI) and Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE:CPE).

EPS & Surprise Factor

NiSource, Inc (NYSE:NI) reported $0.07/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.09/share Thus lagging the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of -22.2 Percent. While, Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE:CPE) reported EPS of $0.21/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.22/share depicting a Surprise of -4.5 Percent.

Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Callon Petroleum Company tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than NiSource, Inc. so CPE is more profitable than NI.

Technical Analysis of NiSource, Inc & Callon Petroleum Company

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that NiSource, Inc (NYSE:NI) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE:CPE) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the NiSource, Inc was in BULLISH territory and Callon Petroleum Company was in BULLISH territory.

NI’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BULLISH with LOW volatility. While CPE’s candle is BEARISH with HIGH.

EPS Growth Rate: NI’s 6.07% versus CPE’s 51.51%

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 NiSource, Inc (NYSE:NI) is predicted at 6.07% while Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE:CPE) stands at 51.51%. These numbers suggest that CPE 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 NI stands at 0.5 while CPE is at 2.6 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 1.64 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.44.

The values of the both ratios suggest that one is more liquid and other investment is more risk free.

Analyst Recommendations

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 2.3 for NI and 1.9 for CPE which means NI has Hold rating whereas CPE 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 NI is $27 which is 7.52% of its current price while CPE has price target of 17.01 which is 25.57% of its current price.

Valuation Ratios

Valuation is the process of determining the company’s worth for an investor, the valuation ratios give an insight to that worthiness.

NI currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 30.53 whereas CPE has 18.76 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 18.4 and for the later it depicts the value of 9.71.

The price to Book P/B for NI is 1.74, Price to Sale is at 1.8 and for CPE these ratios stand at 1.19 and 6.12.