Which is more exciting pick At Current Price level? – G1 Therapeutics, Inc. (GTHX), Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. (OEC)

The shares of G1 Therapeutics, Inc. have increased by more than 94.67% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 18.54% or $5.83 and now trades at $37.28. The shares of Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. (NYSE:OEC), has slumped by -49.72% year to date as of 08/13/2019. The shares currently trade at $12.71 and have been able to report a change of -7.50% over the past one week.

The stock of G1 Therapeutics, Inc. and Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. were two of the most active stocks on Tuesday. Investors seem to be very interested in what happens to the stocks of these two companies but do investors favor one over the other? We will analyze the growth, profitability, risk, valuation, and insider trends of both companies and see which one investors prefer.

Profitability and Returns

Growth alone cannot be used to see if the company will be valuable. Shareholders will be the losers if a company invest in ventures that aren’t profitable enough to support upbeat growth. In order for us to accurately measure profitability and return, we will be using the EBITDA margin and Return on Investment (ROI), which balances the difference in capital structure. These figures suggest that OEC ventures generate a higher ROI than that of GTHX.

Liquidity and Financial Risk

The ability of a company to meet up with its short-term obligations and be able to clear its longer-term debts is measured using Liquidity and leverage ratios. The current ratio for GTHX is 18.30 and that of OEC is 1.80. This implies that it is easier for GTHX to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than OEC. The debt ratio of GTHX is 0.00 compared to 4.17 for OEC. OEC can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than GTHX.


GTHX currently trades at a P/B of 4.47, while OEC trades at a forward P/E of 6.11, a P/B of 4.56, and a P/S of 0.52. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, GTHX is the cheaper one. It is very obvious that earnings are the most important factors to investors, thus analysts are most likely to place their bet on the P/E.

Analyst Price Targets and Opinions

The mistake some people make is that they think a cheap stock has more value to it. In order to know the value of a stock, there is need to compare its current price to its likely trading price in the future. The price of GTHX is currently at a -43.14% to its one-year price target of 65.57. Looking at its rival pricing, OEC is at a -41.86% relative to its price target of 21.86.

When looking at the investment recommendation on say a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being a strong buy, 3 a hold, and 5 a sell), GTHX is given a 1.60 while 2.20 placed for OEC. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for OEC stocks.

Insider Activity and Investor Sentiment

Short interest or otherwise called the percentage of a stock’s tradable shares currently being shorted is another data that investors use to get a handle on sentiment. The short ratio for GTHX is 8.11 while that of OEC is just 2.29. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for OEC stock.


The stock of Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. defeats that of G1 Therapeutics, Inc. when the two are compared, with OEC taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. OEC happens to be more profitable, generates a higher ROI, has higher cash flow per share, higher liquidity and has a lower financial risk. When looking at the stock valuation, OEC is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for OEC is better on when it is viewed on short interest.