Two Worthy Stocks comparison for Investors: Sibanye Gold Limited (SBGL), First Horizon National Corporation (FHN)

The shares of Sibanye Gold Limited (NYSE:SBGL) and First Horizon National Corporation (NYSE:FHN) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Sibanye Gold Limited (NYSE:SBGL) soared to 2.02% closing at the price of $2.53 whereas the shares of First Horizon National Corporation (NYSE:FHN) declined -1.2% with the decrease of -0.2 points closing at the price of $16.47. Sibanye Gold Limited has currently decrease -14.81% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival First Horizon National Corporation subtracted -13.5% 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 Sibanye Gold Limited (NYSE:SBGL) is 0.7% while the ROI of First Horizon National Corporation (NYSE:FHN) is 14.7%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, SBGL’s EBITDA Margin is 5.55 whereas FHN’s is NOT AVAILABLE.

Both the profitability ratios suggest that First Horizon National Corporation (NYSE:FHN) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.

EPS & Surprise Factor
Technical Analysis of Sibanye Gold Limited & First Horizon National Corporation

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Sibanye Gold Limited (NYSE:SBGL) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While First Horizon National Corporation (NYSE:FHN) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Sibanye Gold Limited was in BEARISH territory and First Horizon National Corporation was in BULLISH territory.

SBGL’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BULLISH with MEDIUM volatility. While FHN’s candle is BEARISH with MEDIUM.

EPS Growth Rate: SBGL’s 0% versus FHN’s 10.45%

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 Sibanye Gold Limited (NYSE:SBGL) is predicted at 0% while First Horizon National Corporation (NYSE:FHN) stands at 10.45%. These numbers suggest that FHN 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 SBGL stands at 1.8 while FHN is at 0 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 1.13 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.3.

The values of the both ratios suggest that SBGL 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 1 for SBGL and 2.2 for FHN which means SBGL has Strong Buy rating whereas FHN 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 SBGL is $5.57 which is 54.58% of its current price while FHN has price target of 18.89 which is 12.81% 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.

SBGL currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 47.74 whereas FHN has 11.26 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 7.03 and for the later it depicts the value of 10.77.

The price to Book P/B for SBGL is 0.81, Price to Sale is at 0.41 and for FHN these ratios stand at 1.29 and 3.72.