Which is the most compelling pick right now? Verastem, Inc. (VSTM) or Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (LPI)

The shares of Verastem, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSTM) and Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE:LPI) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Verastem, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSTM) declined to -2.22% closing at the price of $5.72 whereas the shares of Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE:LPI) soared 0.69% with the increase of 0.04 points closing at the price of $5.85. Verastem, Inc. has currently increase 16.02% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Laredo Petroleum, Inc. subtracted -39.44% 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 Verastem, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSTM) is 0% while the ROI of Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE:LPI) is 14.4%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, VSTM’s EBITDA Margin is -3.39 whereas LPI’s is 5.3.

Both the profitability ratios suggest that Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE:LPI) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.

EPS & Surprise Factor

Verastem, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSTM) reported $-0.29/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $-0.42/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 31 Percent. While, Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE:LPI) reported EPS of $0.27/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.29/share depicting a Surprise of -6.9 Percent.

Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Verastem, Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Laredo Petroleum, Inc.. so VSTM is more profitable than LPI.

Technical Analysis of Verastem, Inc. & Laredo Petroleum, Inc.

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Verastem, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSTM) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE:LPI) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Verastem, Inc. was in BULLISH territory and Laredo Petroleum, Inc. was in BULLISH territory.

VSTM’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BEARISH with HIGH volatility. While LPI’s candle is BULLISH with HIGH.

EPS Growth Rate: VSTM’s 1.74% versus LPI’s 43.89%

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 Verastem, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSTM) is predicted at 1.74% while Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE:LPI) stands at 43.89%. These numbers suggest that LPI 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 VSTM stands at 7.7 while LPI is at 0.6 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0.2 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.94.

The values of the both ratios suggest that one is more liquid and other investment is more risk free.

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 1.7 for VSTM and 2.6 for LPI which means VSTM has Buy rating whereas LPI 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 VSTM is $15.79 which is 63.77% of its current price while LPI has price target of 11.1 which is 47.3% 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.

VSTM currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 0 whereas LPI has 2.59 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 0 and for the later it depicts the value of 4.09.

The price to Book P/B for VSTM is 2.76, Price to Sale is at 42.25 and for LPI these ratios stand at 1.41 and 1.37.