Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSH) and CACI International (NYSE:CACI) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation and CACI International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation 0 5 19 0 2.79
CACI International 0 2 8 0 2.80

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $72.40, indicating a potential upside of 0.48%. CACI International has a consensus price target of $126.50, indicating a potential downside of 7.36%. Given Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation is more favorable than CACI International.

Dividends

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. CACI International does not pay a dividend. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation pays out 19.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation and CACI International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation $14.13 billion 3.01 $2.78 billion $3.13 23.02
CACI International $4.35 billion 0.77 $365.52 million $6.53 20.91

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than CACI International. CACI International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.6% of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.9% of CACI International shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of CACI International shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation and CACI International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation 13.36% 18.72% 13.98%
CACI International 3.76% 9.52% 4.19%

Risk & Volatility

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation has a beta of 1.14, indicating that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CACI International has a beta of 1.58, indicating that its share price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation beats CACI International on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation is a professional services company. The Company operates through four segments: Financial Services, Healthcare, Manufacturing/Retail/Logistics, and Other. The Financial Services segment includes customers providing banking/transaction processing, capital markets and insurance services. The Healthcare segment includes healthcare providers and payers, as well as life sciences customers, including pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies. The Manufacturing/Retail/Logistics segment includes manufacturers, retailers, travel and other hospitality customers, as well as customers providing logistics services. The Other segment includes its information, media and entertainment services, communications and high technology operating segments. Its services include consulting and technology services and outsourcing services. Its outsourcing services include application maintenance, IT infrastructure services and business process services.

About CACI International

CACI International Inc is a simulation technology company. The Company provides information solutions and services. The Company operates through two segments: domestic operations and international operations. It serves clients in the United States federal government and commercial markets, primarily throughout North America and internationally on behalf of the United States customers, as well as in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The Company’s primary customers are agencies and departments of the United States government. The Company’s domestic operations segment provides information solutions and services to its domestic customers in market areas, which include business systems; command and control; communications; cyber security, and enterprise information technology. Its international operations are conducted through its subsidiaries in Europe, including CACI Limited and CACI BV. Its international operations segment provides IT services, and data and software products.

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