Investing in Philippines: Analyzing two companies of the same industry


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Analyzing two companies of the same industry

The best way to determine whether one company is better than the other is by comparing one to another company of the same industry.

For illustration purposes lets look at ABS and GMA7, Philippines top channels.


 ABS   GMA7 
Closing Price 08/06/2010             45.30           5.95
EPS               2.23           0.58
P/E %             20.36         10.26
52 week range  25.50-45.30   5.60-8.80 
Par               1.00           1.00
2009 Income  1.7B   2.8B 
Board Lot           100.00       100.00

Based on the data above one can make decision which stock to buy.

If you look at the two there is a huge difference in the price. Higher EPS indicates two things, one is that the other company has a bigger net income and the other company may have a smaller number of shares outstanding. As you compare GMA7 has a higher net income than ABS but ABS has higher EPS meaning ABS has a smaller number of shareholders...meaning the income is shared by a smaller number of people.

P/E % of ABS is higher than GMA7 which might indicate that more people have confidence in ABS but it also means because of this confidence level ABS might be overpriced as compared to GMA7. 

With these bits of info one can decide which to invest in. One pointer is that both companies are doing well... both has a high P/E %, Price range is wide meaning catching either stock at its lowest could possible go up again to that high level giving you profit when the timing is right.

The only decision point now will be how much free money can you put in. If you have a limited fund GMA7 might be a better stock to buy but if funds are handy go for ABS.

Again the above simple analysis are just sample analysis. Every person has his own way of looking at the data. Others rely on Technical Analysis which is a price change based analysis which is studying the price trend and looking at the buy and sell indicators.

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