CSG Systems International (NASDAQ: CSGS) and Yext (NYSE:YEXT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares CSG Systems International and Yext’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CSG Systems International $789.58 million 1.76 $61.36 million $2.02 20.41
Yext $170.20 million 12.54 -$66.56 million ($0.85) -25.93

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

Profitability

This table compares CSG Systems International and Yext’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CSG Systems International 6.90% 21.46% 8.05%
Yext -37.24% -81.00% -37.06%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

90.5% of CSG Systems International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 45.8% of Yext shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of CSG Systems International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 20.8% of Yext shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

CSG Systems International pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Yext does not pay a dividend. CSG Systems International pays out 41.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. CSG Systems International has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for CSG Systems International and Yext, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CSG Systems International 0 0 1 0 3.00
Yext 0 1 3 0 2.75

CSG Systems International presently has a consensus price target of $52.00, indicating a potential upside of 26.15%. Yext has a consensus price target of $19.00, indicating a potential downside of 13.79%. Given CSG Systems International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe CSG Systems International is more favorable than Yext.

Risk and Volatility

CSG Systems International has a beta of 0.93, meaning that its stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Yext has a beta of 0.21, meaning that its stock price is 79% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

CSG Systems International beats Yext on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CSG Systems International

CSG Systems International, Inc. provides business support solutions primarily to the communications industry in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The company's services include Advanced Convergent Platform, a billing and customer care platform for cable and satellite providers; Ascendon, a software-as-a-service cloud-based platform that provides a trusted path to digital transformation; and Singleview solution to deliver real-time charging services. Its solutions also comprise customer communications management solutions, which process interactive voice, SMS/text, print, e-mail, Web, and fax messages on behalf of clients; managed services; Total Service Mediation (TSM) framework that supports offline and real-time mediation requirements; and Wholesale Business Management Solution (WBMS), a settlements system, which handles voice, data, and content services. The company also offers professional services to implement, configure, and maintain software products, as well as licenses software products, such as WBMS, TSM, and Singleview products. CSG Systems International, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

About Yext

Yext, Inc. provides a knowledge engine platform that lets businesses manage their digital knowledge in the cloud in North America and Europe. The company offers Yext Knowledge Engine, a cloud-based global platform that enables businesses to control and manage their digital knowledge and make it available through its PowerListings Network of approximately 150 third-party maps, apps, search engines, intelligent GPS systems, digital assistants, vertical directories, and social networks. Yext, Inc. serves healthcare, retail, and financial services industries. The company was founded in 2006 and is based in New York, New York.

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