The shares of L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) and T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ:TMUS) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) soared to 0.96% closing at the price of $34.57 whereas the shares of T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ:TMUS) declined -0.17% with the decrease of -0.12 points closing at the price of $68.77. L Brands, Inc. has currently increase 1.32% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival T-Mobile US, Inc. added 22.11% 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 L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) is 25.9% while the ROI of T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ:TMUS) is 7.6%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, LB’s EBITDA Margin is 5.97 whereas TMUS’s is 8.02.
Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) and T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ:TMUS).
EPS & Surprise Factor
L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) reported $0.36/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.34/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 5.9 Percent. While, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ:TMUS) reported EPS of $0.93/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.85/share depicting a Surprise of 9.4 Percent.
Taking a look at Earnings per Share, T-Mobile US, Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than L Brands, Inc.. so TMUS is more profitable than LB.
Technical Analysis of L Brands, Inc. & T-Mobile US, Inc.
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ:TMUS) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the L Brands, Inc. was in BULLISH territory and T-Mobile US, Inc. was in BULLISH territory.
LB’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BULLISH with HIGH volatility. While TMUS’s candle is BEARISH with HIGH.
EPS Growth Rate: LB’s 6.34% versus TMUS’s -3.1%
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 L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) is predicted at 6.34% while T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ:TMUS) stands at -3.1%. These numbers suggest that LB 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 LB stands at 1.5 while TMUS is at 0.8 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0 while the debt ratio of the later is 1.23.
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 2.8 for LB and 1.8 for TMUS which means LB has Hold rating whereas TMUS 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 LB is $32.48 which is -6.43% of its current price while TMUS has price target of 78.18 which is 12.04% 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.
LB currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 12.16 whereas TMUS has 21.52 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 13.23 and for the later it depicts the value of 17.19.
The price to Book P/B for LB is 0, Price to Sale is at 0.72 and for TMUS these ratios stand at 2.39 and 1.38.