Which Stock Worth Buying? Telefonica Brasil S.A. (VIV) or Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MBT)


The shares of Telefonica Brasil S.A. (NYSE:VIV) and Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (NYSE:MBT) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Telefonica Brasil S.A. (NYSE:VIV) declined to -0.88% closing at the price of $10.13 whereas the shares of Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (NYSE:MBT) soared 1.67% with the increase of 0.13 points closing at the price of $7.93. Telefonica Brasil S.A. has currently decrease -24.75% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Mobile TeleSystems OJSC subtracted -18.5% 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 Telefonica Brasil S.A. (NYSE:VIV) is 7.1% while the ROI of Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (NYSE:MBT) is 18.2%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, VIV’s EBITDA Margin is 4.36 whereas MBT’s is 3.55.

Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for Telefonica Brasil S.A. (NYSE:VIV) and Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (NYSE:MBT).

EPS & Surprise Factor

Telefonica Brasil S.A. (NYSE:VIV) reported $0.28/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.23/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 21.7 Percent. While, Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (NYSE:MBT) reported EPS of $0.23/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.25/share depicting a Surprise of -8 Percent.

Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Telefonica Brasil S.A. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Mobile TeleSystems OJSC. so VIV is more profitable than MBT.

Technical Analysis of Telefonica Brasil S.A. & Mobile TeleSystems OJSC

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Telefonica Brasil S.A. (NYSE:VIV) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (NYSE:MBT) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Telefonica Brasil S.A. was in BULLISH territory and Mobile TeleSystems OJSC was in BEARISH territory.

VIV’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BEARISH with HIGH volatility. While MBT’s candle is BEARISH with HIGH.

EPS Growth Rate: VIV’s 6.3% versus MBT’s 0.16%

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 Telefonica Brasil S.A. (NYSE:VIV) is predicted at 6.3% while Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (NYSE:MBT) stands at 0.16%. These numbers suggest that VIV 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 VIV stands at 0.9 while MBT is at 0.9 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0.09 while the debt ratio of the later is 4.28.

The values of the both ratios suggest that MBT 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 2.3 for VIV and 2 for MBT which means VIV has Hold rating whereas MBT 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 VIV is $14.19 which is 28.61% of its current price while MBT has price target of 11.11 which is 28.62% 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.

VIV currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 9.46 whereas MBT has 8.78 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 10.23 and for the later it depicts the value of 7.84.

The price to Book P/B for VIV is 0.93, Price to Sale is at 1.51 and for MBT these ratios stand at 4.66 and 1.17.