MobileIron (NASDAQ: MOBL) and Top Image Systems (NASDAQ:TISA) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

50.5% of MobileIron shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.8% of Top Image Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 31.7% of MobileIron shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

MobileIron has a beta of 2.65, indicating that its share price is 165% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Top Image Systems has a beta of 1.17, indicating that its share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares MobileIron and Top Image Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MobileIron $171.98 million 1.91 -$50.14 million ($0.63) -6.98
Top Image Systems $30.50 million 0.79 -$3.45 million ($0.34) -3.97

Top Image Systems has higher revenue, but lower earnings than MobileIron. MobileIron is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Top Image Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for MobileIron and Top Image Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MobileIron 1 2 4 0 2.43
Top Image Systems 0 1 2 0 2.67

MobileIron presently has a consensus price target of $5.25, indicating a potential upside of 19.32%. Top Image Systems has a consensus price target of $2.50, indicating a potential upside of 85.19%. Given Top Image Systems’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Top Image Systems is more favorable than MobileIron.

Profitability

This table compares MobileIron and Top Image Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MobileIron -32.67% -136.81% -35.21%
Top Image Systems -19.75% -26.38% -14.45%

Summary

Top Image Systems beats MobileIron on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About MobileIron

MobileIron, Inc. (MobileIron) provides a mobile information technology (IT) platform for enterprises to manage and secure mobile applications, content and devices. The Company’s solution provides enterprise security. The MobileIron Platform combines security and enterprise mobility management (EMM) tools, including mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM), and mobile content management (MCM) capabilities. The Company offers EMM tools, including EMM platform, cloud security with MobileIron Access, Windows security with MobileIron Bridge and applications. MobileIron offers its customers the flexibility to deploy its solution as a cloud service or as on-premises software. Its applications include [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], MobileIron Tunnel, MobileIron Rooms, MobileIron AppConnect and AppConnect Ecosystem. The Company serves a range of industries, such as financial services, government, healthcare and legal.

About Top Image Systems

Top Image Systems Ltd. (TIS) is a developer and marketer of intelligent content capture and workflow automation solutions for managing and validating incoming content in any format from any source. The Company’s solutions deliver digital content to the people and applications that drive an enterprise by using advanced network, mobile and cloud technologies. Its products integrate information regardless of the source and format of the data, whether structured, as in the case of application forms or surveys, or semi-structured, such as invoices, purchase orders, checks, freight and shipping bills, and others or unstructured. Its software minimizes the need for manual data entry by automatically capturing, reading, understanding, identifying, processing, classifying and routing the information contained in documents. Its mobiFLOW software development kit (SDK) is a multi-purpose mobile capture and processing platform that enables capture of any document of any size using a mobile device.

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