Reviewing ZIX (ZIXI) and Tucows (TCX)

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ZIX 8.75% 20.21% 6.25%
Tucows 4.92% 21.03% 4.55%

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ZIX $70.48 million 7.07 $15.44 million $0.32 28.03
Tucows $346.01 million 2.00 $17.14 million $1.59 40.89

Tucows has higher revenue and earnings than ZIX. ZIX is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Tucows, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ZIX 0 0 2 0 3.00
Tucows 0 1 0 0 2.00

ZIX currently has a consensus target price of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 33.78%. Given ZIX’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe ZIX is more favorable than Tucows.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

73.0% of ZIX shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.6% of Tucows shares are held by institutional investors. 20.2% of ZIX shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.8% of Tucows shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

ZIX has a beta of 1.11, meaning that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tucows has a beta of 0.78, meaning that its share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

ZIX beats Tucows on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Tucows Company Profile

Tucows Inc. provides network access, domain name registration, email, mobile telephony, and other Internet services in Canada, the United States, and Germany. It operates in two segments, Network Access Services and Domain Services. The Network Access Services segment engages in the provision of mobile services under the Ting Mobile name, including the sale of retail telephony services, mobile phone hardware, and related accessories. It also provides roaming service to international travelers under the Zipsim and Always Online Wireless names; fixed high-speed Internet access services to consumer and business customers; Internet hosting and network consulting services; and billing, provisioning, and customer care software solutions to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) through its Platypus billing software. This segment distributes its products and services through the Ting Website, as well as through third-party retail stores and online retailers. The Domain Services segment offers wholesale and retail domain name registration services, value added services, and portfolio services under the OpenSRS, eNom, and Hover names. Its value-added services include hosted email, which provides email delivery and Webmail access to various mailboxes; Internet security services; and Internet hosting, WHOIS privacy, publishing tools, and other value-added services for end-users. In addition, this segment sells retail domain name registration and email services to individuals and small businesses; and leases and sells a portfolio of domain names. The company was formerly known as Infonautics, Inc. and changed its name to Tucows Inc. in August 2001. Tucows Inc. was incorporated in 1992 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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