The shares of MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET) and Flex Ltd. (NASDAQ:FLEX) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET) declined to -2.7% closing at the price of $46.16 whereas the shares of Flex Ltd. (NASDAQ:FLEX) declined -2.96% with the decrease of -0.36 points closing at the price of $11.81. MetLife, Inc. has currently decrease -1.85% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Flex Ltd. subtracted -29.45% 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 MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET) is 7.5% while the ROI of Flex Ltd. (NASDAQ:FLEX) is 9.3%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, MET’s EBITDA Margin is 20.58 whereas FLEX’s is 7.8.
Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET) and Flex Ltd. (NASDAQ:FLEX).
EPS & Surprise Factor
MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET) reported $1.3/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $1.17/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 11.1 Percent. While, Flex Ltd. (NASDAQ:FLEX) reported EPS of $0.24/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.24/share depicting a Surprise of 0 Percent.
Taking a look at Earnings per Share, MetLife, Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Flex Ltd.. so MET is more profitable than FLEX.
Technical Analysis of MetLife, Inc. & Flex Ltd.
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Flex Ltd. (NASDAQ:FLEX) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the MetLife, Inc. was in BULLISH territory and Flex Ltd. was in BEARISH territory.
MET’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BEARISH with MEDIUM volatility. While FLEX’s candle is BEARISH with HIGH.
EPS Growth Rate: MET’s 12.55% versus FLEX’s 18.57%
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 MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET) is predicted at 12.55% while Flex Ltd. (NASDAQ:FLEX) stands at 18.57%. These numbers suggest that FLEX 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 MET stands at 0 while FLEX is at 1.2 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0.34 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.94.
The values of the both ratios suggest that FLEX 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 2.4 for MET and 1.8 for FLEX which means MET has Hold rating whereas FLEX 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 MET is $53.5 which is 13.72% of its current price while FLEX has price target of 17.82 which is 33.73% 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.
MET currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 9.69 whereas FLEX has 15.06 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 8.39 and for the later it depicts the value of 7.8.
The price to Book P/B for MET is 0.87, Price to Sale is at 0.68 and for FLEX these ratios stand at 2.01 and 0.25.