Performance Comparison of Franklin Resources, Inc. (BEN) and Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc (DKS)

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The shares of Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN) and Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN) soared to 0.38% closing at the price of $31.64 whereas the shares of Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) soared 3.53% with the increase of 1.3 points closing at the price of $38.1. Franklin Resources, Inc. has currently decrease -4.87% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc added 19.4% 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 Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN) is 11% while the ROI of Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) is 15.6%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, BEN’s EBITDA Margin is 3.69 whereas DKS’s is 4.67.

Both the profitability ratios suggest that Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.

EPS & Surprise Factor

Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN) reported $1.13/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.74/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 52.7 Percent. While, Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) reported EPS of $1.2/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $1.06/share depicting a Surprise of 13.2 Percent.

Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Franklin Resources, Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. so BEN is more profitable than DKS.

Technical Analysis of Franklin Resources, Inc. & Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Franklin Resources, Inc. was in BULLISH territory and Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc was in BULLISH territory.

BEN’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BULLISH with MEDIUM volatility. While DKS’s candle is BULLISH with HIGH.

EPS Growth Rate: BEN’s -2.67% versus DKS’s 0.7%

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 Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN) is predicted at -2.67% while Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) stands at 0.7%. These numbers suggest that DKS 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 BEN stands at 0 while DKS is at 1.5 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0.07 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.09.

The values of the both ratios suggest that DKS 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 3.4 for BEN and 2.6 for DKS which means BEN has Sell rating whereas DKS has Hold 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 BEN is $30.12 which is -5.05% of its current price while DKS has price target of 38.9 which is 2.06% 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.

BEN currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 9.91 whereas DKS has 11.71 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 10.74 and for the later it depicts the value of 11.57.

The price to Book P/B for BEN is 1.71, Price to Sale is at 2.63 and for DKS these ratios stand at 1.95 and 0.43.