The shares of Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ:OKTA) and Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE:PEG) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ:OKTA) declined to -2.64% closing at the price of $59.69 whereas the shares of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE:PEG) soared 1.03% with the increase of 0.55 points closing at the price of $54.07. Okta, Inc. has currently increase 47.93% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated added 8.44% 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 Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ:OKTA) is -58.2% while the ROI of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE:PEG) is 3.6%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, OKTA’s EBITDA Margin is -56.75 whereas PEG’s is 15.35.
Both the profitability ratios suggest that Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE:PEG) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.
EPS & Surprise Factor
Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ:OKTA) reported $-0.15/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $-0.19/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 21.1 Percent. While, Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE:PEG) reported EPS of $0.64/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.63/share depicting a Surprise of 1.6 Percent.
Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Okta, Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated. so OKTA is more profitable than PEG.
Technical Analysis of Okta, Inc. & Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ:OKTA) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE:PEG) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Okta, Inc. was in BEARISH territory and Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated was in BULLISH territory.
OKTA’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BEARISH with HIGH volatility. While PEG’s candle is BULLISH with HIGH.
EPS Growth Rate: OKTA’s 20% versus PEG’s 6.34%
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 Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ:OKTA) is predicted at 20% while Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE:PEG) stands at 6.34%. These numbers suggest that OKTA 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 OKTA stands at 2.9 while PEG is at 0.7 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 1.08 while the debt ratio of the later is 1.01.
The values of the both ratios suggest that OKTA 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 1.8 for OKTA and 2.3 for PEG which means OKTA has Buy rating whereas PEG has Hold 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 OKTA is $77.5 which is 22.98% of its current price while PEG has price target of 56 which is 3.45% 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.
OKTA currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 0 whereas PEG has 19.13 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 0 and for the later it depicts the value of 16.35.
The price to Book P/B for OKTA is 25.95, Price to Sale is at 20.09 and for PEG these ratios stand at 1.92 and 2.95.