The shares of NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP) and Pure Storage, Inc. (NYSE:PSTG) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP) soared to 0.02% closing at the price of $82.84 whereas the shares of Pure Storage, Inc. (NYSE:PSTG) declined -2.16% with the decrease of -0.48 points closing at the price of $21.71. NetApp, Inc. has currently increase 14.63% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Pure Storage, Inc. subtracted -7.42% 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 NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP) is 21.3% while the ROI of Pure Storage, Inc. (NYSE:PSTG) is -32.9%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, NTAP’s EBITDA Margin is 14.17 whereas PSTG’s is -38.16.
Both the profitability ratios suggest that NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.
EPS & Surprise Factor
NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP) reported $1.04/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.8/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 30 Percent. While, Pure Storage, Inc. (NYSE:PSTG) reported EPS of $0.01/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $-0.06/share depicting a Surprise of 116.7 Percent.
Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Pure Storage, Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than NetApp, Inc.. so PSTG is more profitable than NTAP.
Technical Analysis of NetApp, Inc. & Pure Storage, Inc.
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Pure Storage, Inc. (NYSE:PSTG) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the NetApp, Inc. was in BULLISH territory and Pure Storage, Inc. was in BULLISH territory.
NTAP’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BEARISH with HIGH volatility. While PSTG’s candle is BEARISH with HIGH.
EPS Growth Rate: NTAP’s 16.9% versus PSTG’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 NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP) is predicted at 16.9% while Pure Storage, Inc. (NYSE:PSTG) stands at 0%. These numbers suggest that NTAP 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 NTAP stands at 2.1 while PSTG is at 4 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0.91 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.68.
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 NTAP and 2.1 for PSTG which means NTAP has Hold rating whereas PSTG 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 NTAP is $87.63 which is 5.47% of its current price while PSTG has price target of 27.06 which is 19.77% 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.
NTAP currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 21.17 whereas PSTG has 0 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 16.8 and for the later it depicts the value of 46.59.
The price to Book P/B for NTAP is 11.29, Price to Sale is at 3.57 and for PSTG these ratios stand at 7.73 and 4.37.