Banco BBVA Argentina S.A. (NYSE: BBAR) shares are -37.16% down in the year-to-date (YTD) period and have moved 8.70% or $0.28 higher in the latest trading session. However, stock’s trailing 12-month performance remains nearly +66.67% lower. Comparatively, the stock is -40.27% down YTD and 5.11% over the trailing 3-month period. If we look at the shorter duration, its week performance is 5.42% and -19.35% over the month.
5 analysts offering the recommendations for the stock have a consensus rating of 3.40 to suggest that the BBAR stock is a “Hold. 3 of the 5 analysts rate the stock as a “Sell”, while 0 has rated it as “Underweight”. 2 recommend buying, with 0 rating it as an Overweight.
The stock currently trades at $3.50 and analysts tracking its performance over the next 12 months have a consensus estimate price target of $3.80. The forecasts give the Banco BBVA Argentina S.A. stock a price target range of $15.65 on the higher side while at least one analyst think the stock could plunge to a low of $2.70. The two limits represent an upside potential of 77.64% or -29.63%.
Analysts estimate the earnings to decrease -59.10% in the current quarter to $0.42, down from the $0.76 reported in the same quarter a year ago. For the current year, earnings should grow to an average of $0.93, down -25.50% from $3.15 reported last year. Analysts also offered guidance for the next financial quarter, with their average projected EPS at between $0.39 and $0.39. Wall Street estimates earnings per share to be at an average of $0.94 for the next year.
Livent Corporation (NYSE:LTHM), on the other hand, is trading around $8.65 with a market cap of $1.19B and analyst research firms have a positive stance on its shares. Analysts predict that the stock will reach $7.50 and spell out a less modest performance – a -15.33% return. Some analysts are even forecasting $0.07 per share in earnings this year on a short term (1 year) basis.
Let us briefly look at the Livent Corporation (LTHM) financials, with a focus on its operating details as indicated in its earnings report for the last quarter.
Company balance sheet and cash flow
LTHM’s operating margin was positive on the trailing 12 months basis, remaining steady at 4.90%, while the operating expenses over the recent quarter were at $12.8 million. This represented a 80.28% of the company’s total revenues which amounted $64.9 million. With this in place, we can see that the company’s diluted EPS declined $0.00 on the year-over-year period, growing to $0.11 as given in the last earnings report.
In terms of the balance sheet & cash flow as of (Sep 2020), the total assets figure advanced to $886.1 million from $868.7 million over the previous quarter. The cash flow from operating activities totaled -$0.3 million, significantly lower than the $41.3 million reported in the year-ago quarter. The company’s free cash flow for the quarter was -$89.5 million.
Insiders have transacted a total of 14 times at Livent Corporation over the last 6 months, with insider purchases undertaken 10 times and accounting for 151,574 shares. Insider sales totaled 21,421 shares over the same period, with these deals completed in 4 transactions. Looking at these numbers, we realize that net purchases over that period are 6.0 shares. Insiders now hold a total of 1.1M shares after the latest sales, with 25.50% net shares purchased.
Insiders own 0.80% of the company shares with a share float percentage of 145.16M. Investors are also buoyed by the number of investors in a company, with Livent Corporation having a total of 390 institutions that hold shares in the company. The top two institutional holders are FMR, LLC with over 21.87 million shares worth more than $134.69 million. As of Jun 29, 2020, FMR, LLC held 14.95% of shares outstanding.
The other major institutional holder is Blackrock Inc., with the investment firm holding over 21.82 million shares as of Jun 29, 2020. The firm’s total holdings are worth over $134.42 million and represent 14.92% of shares outstanding.