Reviewing ZIX (ZIXI) & CrowdGather (OTCMKTS:CRWG)

CrowdGather (OTCMKTS:CRWG) and ZIX (NASDAQ:ZIXI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

74.6% of ZIX shares are held by institutional investors. 36.4% of CrowdGather shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.7% of ZIX shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for CrowdGather and ZIX, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CrowdGather 0 0 0 0 N/A
ZIX 0 0 2 0 3.00

ZIX has a consensus target price of $8.50, suggesting a potential upside of 12.88%. Given ZIX’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe ZIX is more favorable than CrowdGather.

Risk and Volatility

CrowdGather has a beta of -2.52, meaning that its stock price is 352% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ZIX has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CrowdGather and ZIX’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CrowdGather $370,000.00 1.56 -$570,000.00 N/A N/A
ZIX $70.48 million 5.78 $15.44 million $0.32 23.53

ZIX has higher revenue and earnings than CrowdGather.

Profitability

This table compares CrowdGather and ZIX’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CrowdGather N/A N/A N/A
ZIX 21.89% 19.47% 11.04%

Summary

ZIX beats CrowdGather on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

CrowdGather Company Profile

CrowdGather, Inc., a social networking Internet company, develops and hosts forum based Websites primarily in the United States. It monetizes a network of online forums and message boards designed to engage, provide information to, and build community around users. The company's forum community connects a network of people sharing their questions, expertise, and experiences. It also provides targeted advertising and marketing services for online customers. The company's portfolio includes approximately 350 domain names and 70 Web properties at various stages of development. CrowdGather, Inc. is headquartered in Calabasas, California.

ZIX Company Profile

Zix Corporation provides email encryption, data loss prevention (DLP), threat protection, archiving, and bring-your-own-device mobile security solutions for the healthcare, financial services, insurance, and government sectors primarily in the United States. The company offers ZixEncrypt that bundles email encryption and DLP capabilities to enable the secure exchange of email; ZixProtect, a cloud-based service that defends organizations from zero-day malware, ransomware, phishing, CEO fraud, W-2 phishing attacks, spam, and viruses in email; and ZixArchive, a cloud-based email retention solution that enables user retrieval, compliance, and e-discovery. It also provides ZixOne, a mobile email app, which offers mobile access to corporate email and does not allow data to be persistently stored on employee's device. Zix Corporation sells its services through a direct sales force; and a network of resellers and other distribution partners. The company was formerly known as ZixIt Corporation and changed its name to Zix Corporation in 2002. Zix Corporation was incorporated in 1988 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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