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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Top Image Systems and Smith Micro Software, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Top Image Systems 0 1 2 0 2.67
Smith Micro Software 0 0 0 0 N/A

Top Image Systems presently has a consensus price target of $2.50, indicating a potential upside of 115.52%. Given Top Image Systems’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Top Image Systems is more favorable than Smith Micro Software.

Risk & Volatility

Top Image Systems has a beta of 1.17, suggesting that its share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Smith Micro Software has a beta of 0.04, suggesting that its share price is 96% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Top Image Systems and Smith Micro Software’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Top Image Systems $29.43 million 0.71 -$4.64 million ($0.43) -2.70
Smith Micro Software $25.00 million 0.64 -$9.65 million ($0.99) -1.12

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

5.3% of Top Image Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.0% of Smith Micro Software shares are held by institutional investors. 22.0% of Smith Micro Software shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Top Image Systems and Smith Micro Software’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Top Image Systems -25.99% -38.85% -20.08%
Smith Micro Software -49.33% -339.18% -49.92%

Summary

Top Image Systems beats Smith Micro Software on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Smith Micro Software

Smith Micro Software, Inc. is a provider of software solutions. The Company operates through two segments: Wireless and Graphics. The Company offers multi-platform, modular solutions organized into three product families, including NetWise, CommSuite and QuickLink. For mobile network operators, NetWise helps reduce cellular congestion and optimize data traffic across third-generation (3G), fourth-generation (4G) and wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) networks. Graphics segment includes its consumer-based products, such as Poser, Anime Studio, Manga Studio, MotionArtist and StuffIt. The Graphics segment develops a range of software, including graphic design and animation, compression and personal computer (PC)/Mac utilities, for consumers, professional artists and educators. The Company also offers Family Safety platform for family locator and parental controls.

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