Evolving Systems (NASDAQ:EVOL) and Computer Programs & Systems (NASDAQ:CPSI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and profitability.
Risk and Volatility
Evolving Systems has a beta of 0.69, suggesting that its stock price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Computer Programs & Systems has a beta of -0.01, suggesting that its stock price is 101% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Evolving Systems and Computer Programs & Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Computer Programs & Systems||1||5||1||0||2.00|
Computer Programs & Systems has a consensus price target of $27.00, suggesting a potential downside of 1.64%. Given Computer Programs & Systems’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Computer Programs & Systems is more favorable than Evolving Systems.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
38.1% of Evolving Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.5% of Computer Programs & Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 10.4% of Evolving Systems shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.8% of Computer Programs & Systems shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Evolving Systems and Computer Programs & Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Computer Programs & Systems||-4.02%||16.74%||7.43%|
Computer Programs & Systems pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Evolving Systems does not pay a dividend. Computer Programs & Systems pays out 30.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Evolving Systems and Computer Programs & Systems’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Evolving Systems||$28.81 million||0.72||$2.51 million||N/A||N/A|
|Computer Programs & Systems||$276.93 million||1.40||-$17.10 million||$1.33||20.64|
Evolving Systems has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Computer Programs & Systems.
Computer Programs & Systems beats Evolving Systems on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
Evolving Systems Company Profile
Evolving Systems, Inc. provides real-time digital engagement solutions and services to the wireless, wireline, and cable markets in the United Kingdom and internationally. The company offers acquisition and activation solutions, including Smart Dealer, a tool set that enables SIM retailers to sell SIM cards; and Dynamic SIM Allocation, a SIM Activation solution. Its acquisition and activation solutions also comprise Tertio Service Activation solution used to activate a new subscriber or to add a new service to an existing subscriber; and Number Inventory and Management solution, an automated solution that enables operators to manage their telephone numbers and other communication identifiers. In addition, the company offers analytics and value management solutions comprising the Profiling Engine, a rules-driven flexible aggregator, which supports static and ongoing dynamic profiling of subscribers; Campaign Engine that is used to configure and deliver marketing campaigns and offers to subscribers; and Campaign Module, which provides predefined templates for specific types of real-time mobile marketing tactics. Further, it provides Social Media Integration solution, which enables carriers to expand their engagement with subscribers; and App Promotion solution, which engages subscribers when they are first configuring new services or when they are upgrading to mobile devices with new capabilities. Additionally, the company offers Customer Retention and Loyalty solution; Real-time Lifecycle Marketing solution innovate, execute, and manage interactive campaigns that engage consumers in real time; and Mobile Data Enablement solution, which provides a data consumption and policy management solution. It also provides marketing, IT, and managed services, as well as customer value management and engagement solutions. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.
Computer Programs & Systems Company Profile
Computer Programs and Systems, Inc. provides healthcare information technology solutions and services in the United States and the Caribbean nation of St. Maarten. Its software systems include patient management software that enables a hospital to identify a patient at various points in the healthcare delivery system, as well as helps to collect and maintain patient information throughout the process of patient care; and financial accounting software, which offers business office applications to track and coordinate information needed for managerial decision-making. The company also provides clinical software that automates record keeping and reporting for various clinical functions; patient care applications; and enterprise applications that support its products for use in various areas of the hospital. In addition, it offers Healthland Centriq, a Web-based electronic health record platform that centralizes data from various care areas; and Healthland Classic that offers a suite of integrated applications for managing operations, resources, and people, as well as for ambulatory information management solutions. Further, the company provides software solutions that promote data-driven clinical and financial outcomes for customers in the post-acute care industry; software application support, hardware maintenance, and education and related services; business management, consulting, and managed information technology services for community healthcare enterprises. Additionally, it provides Software as a Service based healthcare revenue cycle management solutions; system implementation and training services; and forms and office supplies. It serves community hospitals and physician clinics, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, and small specialty hospitals. Computer Programs and Systems, Inc. was founded in 1979 and is based in Mobile, Alabama.
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