VASCO Data Security International (NASDAQ: VDSI) and Verint Systems (NASDAQ:VRNT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

56.9% of VASCO Data Security International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.0% of Verint Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 22.5% of VASCO Data Security International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of Verint Systems shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares VASCO Data Security International and Verint Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
VASCO Data Security International -10.76% 6.71% 5.06%
Verint Systems 0.94% 10.69% 4.66%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for VASCO Data Security International and Verint Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
VASCO Data Security International 0 1 3 0 2.75
Verint Systems 0 1 3 0 2.75

VASCO Data Security International currently has a consensus target price of $20.67, indicating a potential downside of 5.20%. Verint Systems has a consensus target price of $48.13, indicating a potential upside of 6.24%. Given Verint Systems’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Verint Systems is more favorable than VASCO Data Security International.

Risk and Volatility

VASCO Data Security International has a beta of 1.43, indicating that its stock price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Verint Systems has a beta of 1.03, indicating that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares VASCO Data Security International and Verint Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
VASCO Data Security International $193.29 million 4.55 -$22.39 million $0.43 50.70
Verint Systems $1.14 billion 2.55 -$6.62 million $1.77 25.59

Verint Systems has higher revenue and earnings than VASCO Data Security International. Verint Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than VASCO Data Security International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Verint Systems beats VASCO Data Security International on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About VASCO Data Security International

VASCO Data Security International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, and markets digital solutions for identity, security, and business productivity worldwide. The company offers DIGIPASS software authenticators; DIGIPASS for Apps, a software development kit; DIGIPASS for Mobile, a mobile authenticator that operates as a discrete mobile application; IDENTIKEY Risk Manager, an anti-fraud solution; and application shielding with runtime application self-protection that neutralizes the threat of attacks on mobile apps. It also provides eSignLive eSignature solution; and eSignLive eVault Manager, a Web-based platform that provides mortgage lenders, auto financers, equipment lessors, and other financial services organizations the means to store, assign, and service electronic mortgage notes, and secured loans and leases. In addition, the company offers VACMAN solutions; DIGIPASS hardware authenticators to support authentication and digital signatures for applications running on desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, and smart phones; and IDENTIKEY Authentication Server, an authentication server that supports the deployment, use, and administration of DIGIPASS strong user authentication. It sells its products to financial institutions, businesses, and government organizations through direct sales force, distributors, resellers, systems integrators, and original equipment manufacturers. VASCO Data Security International, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

About Verint Systems

Verint Systems Inc. provides actionable intelligence solutions and value-added services worldwide. Its Customer Engagement Solutions segment provides automated quality management, automated verification, branch surveillance and investigation, case management, chat engagement, coaching/learning, compliance recording, customer communities, desktop and process analytics, digital feedback, email engagement, employee desktop, enterprise feedback, financial compliance, full-time recording, gamification, identity analytics, internal communities, knowledge management, mobile workforce, performance management, robotic process automation, social analytics, speech and text analytics, virtual assistant, voice self-service, voice self-service fraud detection, Web/mobile self-service, work manager, and workforce management solutions. The company's Cyber Intelligence Solutions segment offers cyber security solutions; intelligence fusion center and Web and social intelligence software that enables collection, fusion, and analysis of data from the Web; network intelligence suite, which generates critical intelligence of data captured from various network and open sources; and situational intelligence software enables security organizations to fuse, analyze, and report information, as well as take action on risks, alarms, and incidents. The company also offers a range of customer services, including implementation and training, consulting and managed, and maintenance support services. It sells its solutions through its direct sales team; and through indirect channels, such as distributors, systems integrators, value-added resellers, and original equipment manufacturer partners. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Melville, New York.

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