The shares of Cousins Properties Incorporated (NYSE:CUZ) and Vistra Energy Corp. (NYSE:VST) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Cousins Properties Incorporated (NYSE:CUZ) declined to -4.15% closing at the price of $8.32 whereas the shares of Vistra Energy Corp. (NYSE:VST) declined -2.77% with the decrease of -0.69 points closing at the price of $24.21. Cousins Properties Incorporated has currently decrease -1.54% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Vistra Energy Corp. added 11.82% 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 Cousins Properties Incorporated (NYSE:CUZ) is 0% while the ROI of Vistra Energy Corp. (NYSE:VST) is 1.3%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, CUZ’s EBITDA Margin is 17.21 whereas VST’s is 24.43.
Both the profitability ratios suggest that Vistra Energy Corp. (NYSE:VST) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.
EPS & Surprise Factor
Cousins Properties Incorporated (NYSE:CUZ) reported $0.05/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.02/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 150 Percent. While, Vistra Energy Corp. (NYSE:VST) reported EPS of $0.2/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.27/share depicting a Surprise of -25.9 Percent.
Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Cousins Properties Incorporated tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Vistra Energy Corp.. so CUZ is more profitable than VST.
Technical Analysis of Cousins Properties Incorporated & Vistra Energy Corp.
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Cousins Properties Incorporated (NYSE:CUZ) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Vistra Energy Corp. (NYSE:VST) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Cousins Properties Incorporated was in BEARISH territory and Vistra Energy Corp. was in BEARISH territory.
CUZ’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BEARISH with HIGH volatility. While VST’s candle is BEARISH with HIGH.
EPS Growth Rate: CUZ’s 0% versus VST’s 12.6%
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 Cousins Properties Incorporated (NYSE:CUZ) is predicted at 0% while Vistra Energy Corp. (NYSE:VST) stands at 12.6%. These numbers suggest that VST 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 CUZ stands at 0 while VST is at 1.3 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0.39 while the debt ratio of the later is 1.42.
The values of the both ratios suggest that VST 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 CUZ and 1.8 for VST which means CUZ has Buy rating whereas VST 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 CUZ is $9.96 which is 16.47% of its current price while VST has price target of 28.86 which is 16.11% 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.
CUZ currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 43.56 whereas VST has 0 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 118.86 and for the later it depicts the value of 11.03.
The price to Book P/B for CUZ is 1.26, Price to Sale is at 7.6 and for VST these ratios stand at 1.52 and 2.08.