Which Stock is more profitable? Mallinckrodt plc (MNK) or Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (FOX)

The shares of Mallinckrodt plc (NYSE:MNK) and Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOX) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Mallinckrodt plc (NYSE:MNK) declined to -0.73% closing at the price of $25.68 whereas the shares of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOX) declined -0.79% with the decrease of -0.36 points closing at the price of $45.47. Mallinckrodt plc has currently increase 70.97% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. added 27.01% 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 Mallinckrodt plc (NYSE:MNK) is 12.6% while the ROI of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOX) is 0%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, MNK’s EBITDA Margin is 6.03 whereas FOX’s is 14.31.

Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for Mallinckrodt plc (NYSE:MNK) and Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOX).

EPS & Surprise Factor

Mallinckrodt plc (NYSE:MNK) reported $1.78/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $1.48/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 20.3 Percent. While, Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOX) reported EPS of $0.49/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.48/share depicting a Surprise of 2.1 Percent.

Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Mallinckrodt plc tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.. so MNK is more profitable than FOX.

Technical Analysis of Mallinckrodt plc & Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Mallinckrodt plc (NYSE:MNK) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOX) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Mallinckrodt plc was in BEARISH territory and Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. was in BULLISH territory.

MNK’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BULLISH with HIGH volatility. While FOX’s candle is BEARISH with MEDIUM.

EPS Growth Rate: MNK’s 9.17% versus FOX’s 10.4%

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 Mallinckrodt plc (NYSE:MNK) is predicted at 9.17% while Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOX) stands at 10.4%. These numbers suggest that FOX 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 MNK stands at 2.3 while FOX is at 0 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0.98 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.

The values of the both ratios suggest that MNK is more suitable investment when the liquidity and risk is the main concern.

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 2.9 for MNK and 1 for FOX which means MNK has Hold rating whereas FOX has Strong 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 MNK is $31.25 which is 17.82% of its current price while FOX has price target of 45 which is -1.04% 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.

MNK currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 2.09 whereas FOX has 18.91 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 3.42 and for the later it depicts the value of 20.3.

The price to Book P/B for MNK is 0.33, Price to Sale is at 0.76 and for FOX these ratios stand at 4.31 and 0.