Volatility Returns To The ExOne Company (XONE), Alteryx Inc. (AYX)

The ExOne Company (NASDAQ: XONE) shares are 54.96% up in the year-to-date (YTD) period and have moved 15.02% or $1.51 higher in the latest trading session. However, stock’s trailing 12-month performance remains nearly +225.63% lower. Comparatively, the stock is -3.67% down YTD and 28.02% over the trailing 3-month period. If we look at the shorter duration, its week performance is 15.83% and 28.87% over the month.

Analyst Recommendations

On July 10, 2018, Canaccord Genuity recommended the XONE stock is a Buy, while earlier, B. Riley FBR had Resumed the stock as a Neutral on July 16, 2020. 2 analysts offering the recommendations for the stock have a consensus rating of 2.00 to suggest that the XONE stock is a “Moderate Buy. 0 of the 2 analysts rate the stock as a “Sell”, while 0 has rated it as “Underweight”. 1 recommend buying, with 0 rating it as an Overweight.

The stock currently trades at $11.56 and analysts tracking its performance over the next 12 months have a consensus estimate price target of $10.50. The forecasts give the The ExOne Company stock a price target range of $12.50 on the higher side while at least one analyst think the stock could plunge to a low of $9.00. The two limits represent an upside potential of 7.52% or -28.44%.

Earnings Forecast

Analysts estimate the earnings to increase 20.00% in the current quarter to -$0.2, up from the -$0.3 reported in the same quarter a year ago. For the current year, earnings should grow to an average of -$0.8, down -1.30% from -$0.93 reported last year. Analysts also offered guidance for the next financial quarter, with their average projected EPS at between -$0.12 and -$0.06. Wall Street estimates earnings per share to be at an average of -$0.64 for the next year.

Insider Transactions Summary

According to SEC data, total insider shares purchases at the company stands at 21 over the last 12 months, while SEC filings reveal that there have been 0 insider sales over the same period. Insiders have purchases 223,873 shares while those sold by company executives and officers stand at 0. The last 3 months have seen insiders trade a total of 134,800 and 0 in purchases and sales respectively.

Grace Charles, a Chief Customer Officer at the company, bought 5,000 shares worth $20000.0 at $4.00 per share on Mar 17. The Director had earlier bought another 25,000 XONE shares valued at $0.12 million on Mar 18. The shares were bought at $4.68 per share. Thiltgen Roger William (Director) bought 1,573 shares at $4.33 per share on Mar 17 for a total of $6811.0 while IRVIN JOHN, (Director) bought 5,000 shares on Mar 17 for $20150.0 with each share fetching $4.03.

Alteryx Inc. (NYSE:AYX), on the other hand, is trading around $120.99 with a market cap of $8.28B and analyst research firms have a negative stance on its shares. Analysts predict that the stock will reach $162.64 and spell out a more modest performance – a 25.61% return. Some analysts are even forecasting $0.48 per share in earnings this year on a short term (1 year) basis.

Let us briefly look at the Alteryx Inc. (AYX) financials, with a focus on its operating details as indicated in its earnings report for the last quarter.

Company balance sheet and cash flow

AYX’s operating margin was negative on the trailing 12 months basis, remaining steady at -1.70%, while the operating expenses over the recent quarter were at $105.03 million. This represented a -9.14% of the company’s total revenues which amounted $96.23 million. With this in place, we can see that the company’s diluted EPS declined -$0.53 on the year-over-year period, shrinking to -$0.05 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 $1.32 billion from $1.32 billion over the previous quarter. Short term investments amounted to $607.62 million while total current assets were at $872.9 million. The cash flow from operating activities totaled $6.61 million, significantly lower than the $6.67 million reported in the year-ago quarter. The company’s free cash flow for the quarter was -$3.77 million.

Insider activity

Insiders have transacted a total of 238 times at Alteryx Inc. over the last 6 months, with insider purchases undertaken 68 times and accounting for 417,206 shares. Insider sales totaled 643,587 shares over the same period, with these deals completed in 170 transactions. Looking at these numbers, we realize that net purchases over that period are -102.0 shares. Insiders now hold a total of 923.82k shares after the latest sales, with -16.70% net shares purchased.

Major holders

Insiders own 0.50% of the company shares, while shares held by institutions stand at 96.80% with a share float percentage of 53.04M. Investors are also buoyed by the number of investors in a company, with Alteryx Inc. having a total of 432 institutions that hold shares in the company. The top two institutional holders are Capital World Investors with over 4.88 million shares worth more than $801.03 million. As of Jun 29, 2020, Capital World Investors held 9.11% of shares outstanding.

The other major institutional holder is Vanguard Group, Inc. (The), with the investment firm holding over 4.57 million shares as of Jun 29, 2020. The firm’s total holdings are worth over $751.46 million and represent 8.55% of shares outstanding.