Which Stock is more profitable? Rio Tinto Plc (RIO) or MGIC Investment Corporation (MTG)

The shares of Rio Tinto Plc (NYSE:RIO) and MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Rio Tinto Plc (NYSE:RIO) soared to 0.41% closing at the price of $48.93 whereas the shares of MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG) declined -3.2% with the decrease of -0.4 points closing at the price of $12.09. Rio Tinto Plc has currently decrease -9.82% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival MGIC Investment Corporation added 12.26% 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 Rio Tinto Plc (NYSE:RIO) is 17.3% while the ROI of MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG) is 13.7%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, RIO’s EBITDA Margin is 6.07 whereas MTG’s is 5.44.

Both the profitability ratios suggest that Rio Tinto Plc (NYSE:RIO) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.

EPS & Surprise Factor
Technical Analysis of Rio Tinto Plc & MGIC Investment Corporation

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Rio Tinto Plc (NYSE:RIO) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Rio Tinto Plc was in BEARISH territory and MGIC Investment Corporation was in BEARISH territory.

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

EPS Growth Rate: RIO’s -6.2% versus MTG’s 6.22%

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 Rio Tinto Plc (NYSE:RIO) is predicted at -6.2% while MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG) stands at 6.22%. These numbers suggest that MTG 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 RIO stands at 1.5 while MTG is at 0 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0.31 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.25.

The values of the both ratios suggest that RIO 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 1.8 for RIO and 2.2 for MTG which means RIO has Buy rating whereas MTG 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 RIO is $61.96 which is 21.03% of its current price while MTG has price target of 15.33 which is 21.14% 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.

RIO currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 8.45 whereas MTG has 7.67 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 10.48 and for the later it depicts the value of 7.83.

The price to Book P/B for RIO is 2.01, Price to Sale is at 2.16 and for MTG these ratios stand at 1.34 and 4.12.