Accenture (NASDAQ: STMP) and Stamps.com (NASDAQ:STMP) are both business services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Accenture and Stamps.com, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Accenture 2 8 15 0 2.52
Stamps.com 0 0 6 0 3.00

Accenture presently has a consensus target price of $161.48, suggesting a potential downside of 4.49%. Stamps.com has a consensus target price of $256.14, suggesting a potential upside of 5.41%. Given Stamps.com’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Stamps.com is more favorable than Accenture.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Accenture and Stamps.com’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Accenture $36.77 billion 3.10 $3.45 billion $5.91 28.61
Stamps.com $468.71 million 9.41 $150.60 million $9.90 24.55

Accenture has higher revenue and earnings than Stamps.com. Stamps.com is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Accenture, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Accenture pays an annual dividend of $2.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Stamps.com does not pay a dividend. Accenture pays out 45.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Accenture has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Volatility & Risk

Accenture has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stamps.com has a beta of -0.02, meaning that its share price is 102% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

70.5% of Accenture shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.9% of Stamps.com shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Accenture shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.2% of Stamps.com shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Accenture and Stamps.com’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Accenture 9.76% 42.01% 18.34%
Stamps.com 34.37% 39.85% 29.28%

Summary

Stamps.com beats Accenture on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Accenture

Accenture plc provides consulting, technology, and outsourcing services worldwide. Its Communications, Media & Technology segment provides professional services that help clients accelerate and deliver digital transformation, and enhance business results through industry-specific solutions for communications, media, and high tech industries, as well as for software platforms. The company's Financial Services segment offers services that address profitability pressures, industry consolidation, regulatory changes, and the need to continually adapt to new digital technologies. This segment serves clients in banking, capital markets, and insurance industries. Its Health & Public Service segment provides research-based insights and offerings, including consulting services and digital solutions to help clients deliver social, economic, and health outcomes. This segment serves healthcare payers and providers, as well as government departments and agencies, public service organizations, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. The company's Products segment helps clients enhance their performance in distribution, sales, and marketing; in research and development, and manufacturing; and in business functions, such as finance, human resources, procurement, and supply chain. This segment serves clients in consumer goods, retail, and travel services industries; automotive, freight and logistics, industrial and electrical equipment, consumer durable and heavy equipment, and construction and infrastructure management companies; and pharmaceutical, medical technology, and biotechnology companies. Its Resources segment enables clients to develop and implement strategies, improve operations, manage complex change initiatives, and integrate digital technologies. This segment serves clients in chemicals, energy, forest products, metals and mining, and utilities and related industries. Accenture plc was founded in 1989 and is based in Dublin, Ireland.

About Stamps.com

Stamps.com Inc. provides Internet-based mailing and shipping solutions in the United States. The company offers mailing and shipping solutions to mail and ship various mail pieces and packages through the United States Postal Service (USPS) under the Stamps.com and Endicia brands. Its solutions support various USPS mail classes, including First Class Mail, Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, Media Mail, Parcel Select, and others. The company's USPS mailing and shipping solutions enable users to print electronic postage directly onto envelopes, plain paper, or labels using personal computer, printer, and Internet connection. It also provides multi carrier shipping solutions under the ShipStation, ShipWorks, and ShippingEasy brands; mailing and shipping integration solutions comprising electronic postage for transactions to partners who manage the front-end process; branded insurance to insure mails or packages; and international postage solutions. In addition, the company offers customized postage solutions under the PhotoStamps and PictureItPostage brand names, which allow consumers to turn digital photos, designs, or images into USPS-approved postage; and sells NetStamps labels, DYMO Stamp labels, shipping labels, other mailing labels, dedicated postage printers, scales, and other mailing and shipping-focused office supplies through its mailing and shipping supplies stores. It serves individuals, small businesses, home offices, medium-size businesses, large enterprises, e-commerce merchants, and warehouse shippers. The company was formerly known as StampMaster, Inc. and changed its name to Stamps.com Inc. in December 1998. Stamps.com Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in El Segundo, California.

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