The shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA) and Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA) declined to -1.95% closing at the price of $70.9 whereas the shares of Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) declined -2.05% with the decrease of -1.15 points closing at the price of $54.86. Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. has currently increase 11.09% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Starbucks Corporation subtracted -7.39% 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 Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA) is 11.9% while the ROI of Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) is 28.8%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, WBA’s EBITDA Margin is 10.32 whereas SBUX’s is 15.81.
Both the profitability ratios suggest that Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.
EPS & Surprise Factor
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA) reported $1.48/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $1.45/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 2.1 Percent. While, Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) reported EPS of $0.62/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.61/share depicting a Surprise of 1.6 Percent.
Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Starbucks Corporation. so WBA is more profitable than SBUX.
Technical Analysis of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. & Starbucks Corporation
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. was in BEARISH territory and Starbucks Corporation was in BEARISH territory.
WBA’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BULLISH with HIGH volatility. While SBUX’s candle is BEARISH with HIGH.
EPS Growth Rate: WBA’s 11.64% versus SBUX’s 13.87%
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 Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA) is predicted at 11.64% while Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) stands at 13.87%. These numbers suggest that SBUX 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 WBA stands at 0.9 while SBUX is at 1 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0.54 while the debt ratio of the later is 1.7.
The values of the both ratios suggest that SBUX 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 2.7 for WBA and 2.3 for SBUX which means WBA has Hold rating whereas SBUX 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 WBA is $72.18 which is 1.77% of its current price while SBUX has price target of 57.96 which is 5.35% 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.
WBA currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 16.42 whereas SBUX has 16.62 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 10.98 and for the later it depicts the value of 20.8.
The price to Book P/B for WBA is 2.54, Price to Sale is at 0.55 and for SBUX these ratios stand at 18.92 and 3.08.