Which One Would be supreme gem? – Tiffany & Co. (TIF), Intrexon Corporation (XON)

The shares of Tiffany & Co. have increased by more than 55.26% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 0.25% or $0.31 and now trades at $125.00. The shares of Intrexon Corporation (NASDAQ:XON), has slumped by -12.08% year to date as of 11/07/2019. The shares currently trade at $5.75 and have been able to report a change of 13.19% over the past one week.

The stock of Tiffany & Co. and Intrexon Corporation were two of the most active stocks on Thursday. 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: 8.53% versus 42.50%

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 TIF will grow it’s earning at a 8.53% annual rate in the next 5 years. This is in contrast to XON which will have a positive growth at a 42.50% annual rate. This means that the higher growth rate of XON 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. TIF has an EBITDA margin of 17.83%, this implies that the underlying business of TIF is more profitable. The ROI of TIF is 15.00% while that of XON is -84.20%. These figures suggest that TIF ventures generate a higher ROI than that of XON.

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, TIF’s free cash flow per share is a negative -0.22, while that of XON is also a negative -0.03.

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 TIF is 4.20 and that of XON is 3.50. This implies that it is easier for TIF to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than XON. The debt ratio of TIF is 0.32 compared to 0.92 for XON. XON can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than TIF.


TIF currently trades at a forward P/E of 24.04, a P/B of 4.76, and a P/S of 3.45 while XON trades at a P/B of 3.16, and a P/S of 6.84. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, TIF 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 TIF is currently at a 5.3% to its one-year price target of 118.71. Looking at its rival pricing, XON is at a -40.54% relative to its price target of 9.67.

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), TIF is given a 2.40 while 3.00 placed for XON. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for XON 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 TIF is 5.79 while that of XON is just 33.32. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for TIF stock.


The stock of Intrexon Corporation defeats that of Tiffany & Co. when the two are compared, with XON taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. XON 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, XON is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for XON is better on when it is viewed on short interest.