The shares of B2Gold Corp (NYSE:BTG) and Noble Corporation (NYSE:NE) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. B2Gold Corp (NYSE:BTG) soared to 3.28% closing at the price of $2.52 whereas the shares of Noble Corporation (NYSE:NE) soared 0.7% with the increase of 0.05 points closing at the price of $7.17. B2Gold Corp has currently decrease -8.36% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Noble Corporation added 80.15% 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 B2Gold Corp (NYSE:BTG) is 0% while the ROI of Noble Corporation (NYSE:NE) is -3.4%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, BTG’s EBITDA Margin is 6.44 whereas NE’s is 14.14.
Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for B2Gold Corp (NYSE:BTG) and Noble Corporation (NYSE:NE).
EPS & Surprise Factor
Technical Analysis of B2Gold Corp & Noble Corporation
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that B2Gold Corp (NYSE:BTG) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Noble Corporation (NYSE:NE) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the B2Gold Corp was in BULLISH territory and Noble Corporation was in BULLISH territory.
BTG’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BULLISH with HIGH volatility. While NE’s candle is BULLISH with LOW.
EPS Growth Rate: BTG’s 15.8% versus NE’s 5.99%
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 B2Gold Corp (NYSE:BTG) is predicted at 15.8% while Noble Corporation (NYSE:NE) stands at 5.99%. These numbers suggest that BTG 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 BTG stands at 0 while NE is at 2.1 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.88.
The values of the both ratios suggest that NE is more suitable investment when the liquidity and risk is the main concern.
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 1.5 for BTG and 3.1 for NE which means BTG has Buy rating whereas NE has Sell 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 BTG is $3.5 which is 28% of its current price while NE has price target of 6.19 which is -15.83% 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.
BTG currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 24.71 whereas NE has 0 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 12 and for the later it depicts the value of 0.
The price to Book P/B for BTG is 1.52, Price to Sale is at 2.6 and for NE these ratios stand at 0.41 and 1.62.