Which Company would you put your All In? Lloyds Banking Group Plc (LYG) or GrafTech International Ltd. (EAF)

The shares of Lloyds Banking Group Plc (NYSE:LYG) and GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE:EAF) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Lloyds Banking Group Plc (NYSE:LYG) soared to 0.66% closing at the price of $3.05 whereas the shares of GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE:EAF) declined -6.17% with the decrease of -1.13 points closing at the price of $17.17. Lloyds Banking Group Plc has currently decrease -14.8% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival GrafTech International Ltd. subtracted -3.76% 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 Lloyds Banking Group Plc (NYSE:LYG) is 6.1% while the ROI of GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE:EAF) is 14.5%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, LYG’s EBITDA Margin is NOT AVAILABLE whereas EAF’s is 10.43.

Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for Lloyds Banking Group Plc (NYSE:LYG) and GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE:EAF).

EPS & Surprise Factor
Technical Analysis of Lloyds Banking Group Plc & GrafTech International Ltd.

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Lloyds Banking Group Plc (NYSE:LYG) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE:EAF) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Lloyds Banking Group Plc was in BULLISH territory and GrafTech International Ltd. was in territory.

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

EPS Growth Rate: LYG’s -3.5% versus EAF’s 0%

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 Lloyds Banking Group Plc (NYSE:LYG) is predicted at -3.5% while GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE:EAF) stands at 0%. These numbers suggest that EAF 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 LYG stands at 0 while EAF is at 2.6 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.

The values of the both ratios suggest that one is more liquid and other investment is more risk free.

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 4 for LYG and 0 for EAF which means LYG has Sell rating whereas EAF has Strong Buy rating.

Valuation Ratios

Valuation is the process of determining the company’s worth for an investor, the valuation ratios give an insight to that worthiness.

LYG currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 11.25 whereas EAF has 9.18 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 8.97 and for the later it depicts the value of 4.85.

The price to Book P/B for LYG is 0.81, Price to Sale is at 2.59 and for EAF these ratios stand at 0 and 4.47.