Set Sail With MRC Global Inc. (MRC), Revolve Group, Inc. (RVLV)

The shares of MRC Global Inc. have decreased by more than -9.16% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -2.11% or -$0.24 and now trades at $11.11. The shares of Revolve Group, Inc. (NYSE:RVLV), has slumped by -33.65% year to date as of 10/08/2019. The shares currently trade at $22.56 and have been able to report a change of -3.71% over the past one week.

The stock of MRC Global Inc. and Revolve Group, Inc. 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.

Next 5Y EPS Growth: 15.00% versus 16.68%

When a company is able to grow consistently in terms of earnings at a high compound rate have the highest likelihood of creating value for its shareholders over time. Analysts have predicted that MRC will grow it’s earning at a 15.00% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to RVLV which will have a positive growth at a 16.68% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of RVLV implies a greater potential for capital appreciation over the years.

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. MRC has an EBITDA margin of 5.57%, this implies that the underlying business of RVLV is more profitable. The ROI of MRC is 7.40% while that of RVLV is 48.30%. These figures suggest that RVLV ventures generate a higher ROI than that of MRC.

Cash Flow

The value of a stock is ultimately determined by the amount of cash flow that the investors have available. Over the last 12 months, MRC’s free cash flow per share is a positive 0.9.

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 MRC is 2.60 and that of RVLV is 1.70. This implies that it is easier for MRC to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than RVLV. The debt ratio of MRC is 1.10 compared to 0.00 for RVLV. MRC can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than RVLV.

Valuation

MRC currently trades at a forward P/E of 13.78, a P/B of 1.37, and a P/S of 0.23 while RVLV trades at a forward P/E of 29.88, a P/B of 13.84, and a P/S of 2.81. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, MRC 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 MRC is currently at a -23.38% to its one-year price target of 14.50. Looking at its rival pricing, RVLV is at a -45.96% relative to its price target of 41.75.

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), MRC is given a 2.50 while 1.90 placed for RVLV. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for MRC 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 MRC is 5.27 while that of RVLV is just 5.25. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for RVLV stock.

Conclusion

The stock of MRC Global Inc. defeats that of Revolve Group, Inc. when the two are compared, with MRC taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. MRC 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, MRC is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for MRC is better on when it is viewed on short interest.