The shares of Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) and HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) declined to -0.36% closing at the price of $44.74 whereas the shares of HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP) declined -1.88% with the decrease of -0.53 points closing at the price of $27.6. Southern Company (The) has currently decrease -1.56% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival HCP, Inc. added 16.06% 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 Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) is 2.9% while the ROI of HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP) is 2.6%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, SO’s EBITDA Margin is 12.08 whereas HCP’s is 21.02.
Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) and HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP).
EPS & Surprise Factor
Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) reported $0.8/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.69/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 15.9 Percent. While, HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP) reported EPS of $0.21/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.11/share depicting a Surprise of 90.9 Percent.
Taking a look at Earnings per Share, HCP, Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Southern Company (The). so HCP is more profitable than SO.
Technical Analysis of Southern Company (The) & HCP, Inc.
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Southern Company (The) was in BEARISH territory and HCP, Inc. was in BULLISH territory.
SO’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BEARISH with MEDIUM volatility. While HCP’s candle is BEARISH with HIGH.
EPS Growth Rate: SO’s 1.37% versus HCP’s 2.5%
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 Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) is predicted at 1.37% while HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP) stands at 2.5%. These numbers suggest that HCP 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 SO stands at 0.8 while HCP is at 0 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 2.1 while the debt ratio of the later is 1.34.
The values of the both ratios suggest that SO 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 3.4 for SO and 2.7 for HCP which means SO has Sell rating whereas HCP 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 SO is $45.67 which is 2.04% of its current price while HCP has price target of 27.2 which is -1.47% 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.
SO currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 21.8 whereas HCP has 69.7 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 14.84 and for the later it depicts the value of 50.
The price to Book P/B for SO is 1.92, Price to Sale is at 1.91 and for HCP these ratios stand at 2.56 and 7.15.