Reviewing Isign Solutions (ISGN) & Workiva (WK)

Isign Solutions (OTCMKTS:ISGN) and Workiva (NYSE:WK) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

Isign Solutions has a beta of -0.85, suggesting that its share price is 185% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Workiva has a beta of 1.12, suggesting that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Isign Solutions and Workiva, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Isign Solutions 0 0 0 0 N/A
Workiva 1 0 4 0 2.60

Workiva has a consensus price target of $41.60, indicating a potential downside of 24.20%. Given Workiva’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Workiva is more favorable than Isign Solutions.

Profitability

This table compares Isign Solutions and Workiva’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Isign Solutions -155.30% N/A -591.92%
Workiva -20.49% N/A -20.48%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

47.6% of Workiva shares are held by institutional investors. 40.4% of Isign Solutions shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 29.9% of Workiva shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Isign Solutions and Workiva’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Isign Solutions $1.01 million 2.28 -$1.94 million N/A N/A
Workiva $244.34 million 9.95 -$50.07 million ($0.93) -59.01

Isign Solutions has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Workiva.

Summary

Workiva beats Isign Solutions on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Isign Solutions Company Profile

iSign Solutions Inc., together with its subsidiaries, supplies digital transaction management software for the financial services and insurance industries. It offers enterprise-class SignatureOne and iSign suite of electronic signature solutions for businesses to implement paperless and electronic signature-driven business processes. The company's products include SignatureOne Ceremony Server to facilitate end-to-end management of multi-party approvals for PDF and XHTML documents; and iSign Console that allows users to upload documents for signature, select signers, and signature methods, as well as manages and enforces document workflow for routing, reviewing, signing, and notifications. Its products also comprise iSign Enterprise that incorporates the features and function of the ceremony server and the console; and iSign Family, including iSign Mobile for signing on iOS and Android mobile devices, iSign Forms for integrated use of templates and forms, and iSign Live for simultaneous browsing signature ceremonies. In addition, the company offers Sign-it, a family of desktop software products that enable the real-time capture of electronic and digital signatures, as well as their verification and binding within a set of applications; iSign Toolkits, a suite of application development tools for electronic signature capture, encryption, and verification in custom applications and Web-based processes; and post-contract support, and upgrades or enhancement services. It serves channel partners, resellers, and end-user customers primarily in North America, the ASEAN region, and Europe. The company was formerly known as Communication Intelligence Corporation and changed its name to iSign Solutions Inc. in December 2015. iSign Solutions Inc. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Workiva Company Profile

Workiva Inc. provides cloud-based solutions for connected data, reporting, and compliance worldwide. The company offers Wdesk, a platform that provides data collection and linking, data integrations, controlled collaboration, granular permissions, process management, and full audit trail services; and Wdata, which includes data preparation tools, data connectors, and application programming interfaces that enable customers to create direct connections to their data. It serves public and private companies, government agencies, and higher-education institutions. The company was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Ames, Iowa.

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