Shotspotter (NASDAQ: SSTI) and Fair Isaac (NYSE:FICO) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

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This table compares Shotspotter and Fair Isaac’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Shotspotter $23.76 million 9.07 -$9.98 million N/A N/A
Fair Isaac $932.17 million 5.60 $128.25 million $3.67 47.34

Fair Isaac has higher revenue and earnings than Shotspotter.

Profitability

This table compares Shotspotter and Fair Isaac’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Shotspotter N/A N/A N/A
Fair Isaac 12.41% 30.96% 10.35%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

42.5% of Shotspotter shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.2% of Fair Isaac shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.8% of Fair Isaac shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Shotspotter and Fair Isaac, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Shotspotter 0 0 3 0 3.00
Fair Isaac 0 2 1 0 2.33

Shotspotter currently has a consensus price target of $25.67, suggesting a potential upside of 14.94%. Fair Isaac has a consensus price target of $163.00, suggesting a potential downside of 6.19%. Given Shotspotter’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Shotspotter is more favorable than Fair Isaac.

Summary

Fair Isaac beats Shotspotter on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Shotspotter Company Profile

ShotSpotter, Inc. is engaged in designing and delivering gunfire alert and analysis solutions. The Company offers its software solutions on a SaaS-based subscription model. It has one operating segment with one business activity, providing gunshot detection systems. Its safety solutions include ShotSpotter Flex, ShotSpotter (SST) SecureCampus and ShotSpotter SiteSecure. ShotSpotter Flex is an outdoor public safety solution, serves cities and municipalities seeking to identify, locate and deter persistent a real-time gunshot detection system into their policing systems. SST SecureCampus is integrates its indoor and outdoor solutions in order to help the law enforcement and security personnel serving universities, colleges and other educational institutions. ShotSpotter SiteSecure is integrates its indoor and outdoor solutions for customers such as corporations trying to safeguard their facilities and public agencies focused on protecting critical infrastructure.

Fair Isaac Company Profile

Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) is a provider of analytic, software and data management products and services that enable businesses to automate and connect decisions. The Company operates through three segments: Applications, Scores and Decision Management Software. The Applications segment includes pre-configured decision management applications designed for a specific type of business problem or process, such as marketing, account origination, customer management, fraud, collections and insurance claims management. The Scores segment includes business-to-business scoring solutions and services, business-to-consumer scoring solutions and services, including myFICO solutions for consumers. The Decision Management Software segment consists of analytic and decision management software tools that clients can use to create their own custom decision management applications, its new FICO Decision Management Suite, as well as associated professional services.

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