Which Stock is more profitable? Alliant Energy Corporation (LNT) or Franklin Resources, Inc. (BEN)

The shares of Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:LNT) and Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:LNT) soared to 1.08% closing at the price of $43.83 whereas the shares of Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN) soared 0.93% with the increase of 0.29 points closing at the price of $31.52. Alliant Energy Corporation has currently increase 5.01% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Franklin Resources, Inc. subtracted -5.06% 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 Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:LNT) is 6% while the ROI of Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN) is 11%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, LNT’s EBITDA Margin is 13.71 whereas BEN’s is 3.69.

Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:LNT) and Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN).

EPS & Surprise Factor

Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:LNT) reported $0.85/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.84/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 1.2 Percent. While, Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN) reported EPS of $1.13/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.74/share depicting a Surprise of 52.7 Percent.

Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Franklin Resources, Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Alliant Energy Corporation. so BEN is more profitable than LNT.

Technical Analysis of Alliant Energy Corporation & Franklin Resources, Inc.

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

LNT’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BEARISH with MEDIUM volatility. While BEN’s candle is BEARISH with MEDIUM.

EPS Growth Rate: LNT’s 5.2% versus BEN’s -2.67%

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 Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:LNT) is predicted at 5.2% while Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN) stands at -2.67%. These numbers suggest that LNT 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 LNT stands at 0.6 while BEN is at 0 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 1.28 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.07.

The values of the both ratios suggest that LNT is more suitable investment when the liquidity and risk is the main concern.

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 3 for LNT and 3.4 for BEN which means LNT has Hold rating whereas BEN has Sell 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 LNT is $42.75 which is -2.53% of its current price while BEN has price target of 30.12 which is -4.65% 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.

LNT currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 21.77 whereas BEN has 9.87 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 19.5 and for the later it depicts the value of 10.7.

The price to Book P/B for LNT is 2.34, Price to Sale is at 2.96 and for BEN these ratios stand at 1.7 and 2.62.