Performance Comparison of CMS Energy Corporation (CMS) and Gray Television, Inc. (GTN)

The shares of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE:CMS) and Gray Television, Inc. (NYSE:GTN) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE:CMS) soared to 0.82% closing at the price of $49.1 whereas the shares of Gray Television, Inc. (NYSE:GTN) soared 5.71% with the increase of 1 points closing at the price of $18.5. CMS Energy Corporation has currently increase 9.77% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Gray Television, Inc. added 57.45% 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 CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE:CMS) is 7.1% while the ROI of Gray Television, Inc. (NYSE:GTN) is 7.5%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, CMS’s EBITDA Margin is 11.3 whereas GTN’s is 9.06.

Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE:CMS) and Gray Television, Inc. (NYSE:GTN).

EPS & Surprise Factor

CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE:CMS) reported $0.6/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.58/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 3.4 Percent. While, Gray Television, Inc. (NYSE:GTN) reported EPS of $0.7/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.63/share depicting a Surprise of 11.1 Percent.

Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Gray Television, Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than CMS Energy Corporation. so GTN is more profitable than CMS.

Technical Analysis of CMS Energy Corporation & Gray Television, Inc.

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE:CMS) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Gray Television, Inc. (NYSE:GTN) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the CMS Energy Corporation was in BEARISH territory and Gray Television, Inc. was in BULLISH territory.

CMS’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BULLISH with HIGH volatility. While GTN’s candle is BULLISH with HIGH.

EPS Growth Rate: CMS’s 7.08% versus GTN’s 10%

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 CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE:CMS) is predicted at 7.08% while Gray Television, Inc. (NYSE:GTN) stands at 10%. These numbers suggest that GTN 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 CMS stands at 0.7 while GTN is at 4.7 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 2.36 while the debt ratio of the later is 1.78.

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 2.5 for CMS and 1.4 for GTN which means CMS has Hold rating whereas GTN 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 CMS is $51.16 which is 4.03% of its current price while GTN has price target of 21.57 which is 14.23% 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.

CMS currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 19.98 whereas GTN has 16.14 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 19.62 and for the later it depicts the value of 15.39.

The price to Book P/B for CMS is 2.92, Price to Sale is at 2.06 and for GTN these ratios stand at 1.57 and 1.79.