The shares of VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSN) and Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSN) soared to 17.2% closing at the price of $165.02 whereas the shares of Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM) declined -2.01% with the decrease of -2.8 points closing at the price of $136.79. VeriSign, Inc. has currently increase 34.8% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Salesforce.com Inc added 7.73% 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 VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSN) is 50.9% while the ROI of Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM) is 2.8%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, VRSN’s EBITDA Margin is 22.7 whereas CRM’s is 97.41.
Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSN) and Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM).
EPS & Surprise Factor
VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSN) reported $1.23/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $1.2/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 2.5 Percent. While, Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM) reported EPS of $0.71/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.47/share depicting a Surprise of 51.1 Percent.
Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Salesforce.com Inc tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than VeriSign, Inc.. so CRM is more profitable than VRSN.
Technical Analysis of VeriSign, Inc. & Salesforce.com Inc
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSN) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the VeriSign, Inc. was in BULLISH territory and Salesforce.com Inc was in BEARISH territory.
VRSN’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BULLISH with HIGH volatility. While CRM’s candle is BEARISH with HIGH.
EPS Growth Rate: VRSN’s 8% versus CRM’s 30.88%
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 VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSN) is predicted at 8% while Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM) stands at 30.88%. These numbers suggest that CRM 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 VRSN stands at 1.4 while CRM is at 0.8 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.33.
The values of the both ratios suggest that one is more liquid and other investment is more risk free.
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 3.3 for VRSN and 1.7 for CRM which means VRSN has Sell rating whereas CRM 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 VRSN is $148 which is -11.5% of its current price while CRM has price target of 173.34 which is 21.09% 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.
VRSN currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 40.68 whereas CRM has 106.95 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 31.55 and for the later it depicts the value of 50.12.
The price to Book P/B for VRSN is 0, Price to Sale is at 14.15 and for CRM these ratios stand at 7.55 and 8.94.