The shares of Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE:WES) and Pivotal Software, Inc. (NYSE:PVTL) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE:WES) soared to 0.3% closing at the price of $46.91 whereas the shares of Pivotal Software, Inc. (NYSE:PVTL) declined -5.01% with the decrease of -0.94 points closing at the price of $17.82. Western Gas Partners, LP has currently decrease -8.24% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Pivotal Software, Inc. subtracted -6.11% 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 Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE:WES) is 9.8% while the ROI of Pivotal Software, Inc. (NYSE:PVTL) is 30.4%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, WES’s EBITDA Margin is 11.76 whereas PVTL’s is -31.58.
Both the profitability ratios suggest a mixed sentiment for Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE:WES) and Pivotal Software, Inc. (NYSE:PVTL).
EPS & Surprise Factor
Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE:WES) reported $0.39/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.67/share Thus lagging the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of -41.8 Percent. While, Pivotal Software, Inc. (NYSE:PVTL) reported EPS of $-0.06/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $-0.09/share depicting a Surprise of 33.3 Percent.
Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Pivotal Software, Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Western Gas Partners, LP. so PVTL is more profitable than WES.
Technical Analysis of Western Gas Partners, LP & Pivotal Software, Inc.
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE:WES) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Pivotal Software, Inc. (NYSE:PVTL) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Western Gas Partners, LP was in BULLISH territory and Pivotal Software, Inc. was in territory.
WES’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BULLISH with HIGH volatility. While PVTL’s candle is with .
EPS Growth Rate: WES’s 35.78% versus PVTL’s 0%
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 Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE:WES) is predicted at 35.78% while Pivotal Software, Inc. (NYSE:PVTL) stands at 0%. These numbers suggest that WES 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 WES stands at 0.7 while PVTL is at 2.6 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 1.35 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.
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 2.2 for WES and 2.3 for PVTL which means WES has Hold rating whereas PVTL 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 WES is $55.11 which is 14.88% of its current price while PVTL has price target of 24.91 which is 28.46% 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.
WES currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 55.45 whereas PVTL has 0 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 14.74 and for the later it depicts the value of 0.
The price to Book P/B for WES is 2.12, Price to Sale is at 3.37 and for PVTL these ratios stand at 3.71 and 8.33.