The shares of FirstEnergy Corporation (NYSE:FE) and Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. FirstEnergy Corporation (NYSE:FE) declined to -0.13% closing at the price of $37.7 whereas the shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) declined -0.16% with the decrease of -0.16 points closing at the price of $99.32. FirstEnergy Corporation has currently increase 10.69% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Express Scripts Holding Company added 36.43% 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 FirstEnergy Corporation (NYSE:FE) is -2.9% while the ROI of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) is 19%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, FE’s EBITDA Margin is 8.9 whereas ESRX’s is 9.1.
Both the profitability ratios suggest that Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.
EPS & Surprise Factor
FirstEnergy Corporation (NYSE:FE) reported $0.8/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $0.71/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 12.7 Percent. While, Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) reported EPS of $2.43/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $2.43/share depicting a Surprise of 0 Percent.
Taking a look at Earnings per Share, FirstEnergy Corporation tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Express Scripts Holding Company. so FE is more profitable than ESRX.
Technical Analysis of FirstEnergy Corporation & Express Scripts Holding Company
Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that FirstEnergy Corporation (NYSE:FE) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the FirstEnergy Corporation was in BULLISH territory and Express Scripts Holding Company was in BULLISH territory.
FE’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BEARISH with LOW volatility. While ESRX’s candle is BULLISH with MEDIUM.
EPS Growth Rate: FE’s -6.92% versus ESRX’s 12.23%
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 FirstEnergy Corporation (NYSE:FE) is predicted at -6.92% while Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) stands at 12.23%. These numbers suggest that ESRX 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 FE stands at 0.4 while ESRX is at 0.8 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 2.86 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.73.
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 2.1 for FE and 2.8 for ESRX which means FE has Hold rating whereas ESRX 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 FE is $40.06 which is 5.89% of its current price while ESRX has price target of 91.31 which is -8.77% 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.
FE currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 0 whereas ESRX has 8.98 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 14.85 and for the later it depicts the value of 10.42.
The price to Book P/B for FE is 2.79, Price to Sale is at 1.61 and for ESRX these ratios stand at 2.72 and 0.55.