ePlus (NASDAQ:PLUS) and Wayside Technology Group (NASDAQ:WSTG) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ePlus and Wayside Technology Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ePlus $1.41 billion 0.79 $55.12 million $4.22 19.20
Wayside Technology Group $449.38 million 0.11 $5.06 million N/A N/A

ePlus has higher revenue and earnings than Wayside Technology Group.

Profitability

This table compares ePlus and Wayside Technology Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ePlus 4.20% 16.58% 8.32%
Wayside Technology Group 1.13% 14.10% 5.38%

Dividends

Wayside Technology Group pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. ePlus does not pay a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.3% of ePlus shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.8% of Wayside Technology Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of ePlus shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.9% of Wayside Technology Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for ePlus and Wayside Technology Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ePlus 0 2 1 0 2.33
Wayside Technology Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

ePlus currently has a consensus price target of $98.00, suggesting a potential upside of 20.96%. Given ePlus’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe ePlus is more favorable than Wayside Technology Group.

Volatility and Risk

ePlus has a beta of 1.22, indicating that its share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Wayside Technology Group has a beta of 0.16, indicating that its share price is 84% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

ePlus beats Wayside Technology Group on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

ePlus Company Profile

ePlus inc., through its subsidiaries, provides information technology solutions that enable organizations to optimize their information technology (IT) environment and supply chain processes in the United States. It operates in two segments, Technology and Financing. The Technology segment offers hardware, software, maintenance, software assurance, and internally-provided and outsourced services; and advanced professional and managed services, including ePlus managed, professional, security, staff augmentation, server and desktop support, and project management services. It also provides proprietary software products, such as OneSource IT, an online Web based software portal for customers purchasing IT equipment, software, and services; OneSource Procurement, a Web-based software tool to facilitate procurement of various assets; OneSource Asset Management, a software platform for managing and tracking corporate assets comprising vendor maintenance contracts; and OneSource DigitalPaper, a document management software application. The Financing segment specializes in financing arrangements that include direct financing, sales-type, and operating leases; notes receivable and consumption-based financing arrangements; and underwriting and management of IT equipment and assets. Its financing operations comprise sales, pricing, credit, contracts, accounting, risk management, and asset management. This segment primarily finances IT equipment, including accessories and software, communication-related equipment, and medical equipment; and industrial machinery, office furniture and general office, transportation, and other general business equipment directly, as well as through vendors. ePlus inc. serves commercial entities, state and local governments, government contractors, and educational institutions. The company was formerly known as MLC Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to ePlus inc. in 1999. ePlus inc. was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia.

Wayside Technology Group Company Profile

Wayside Technology Group, Inc. operates as an information technology channel company worldwide. It operates in two segments, Lifeboat Distribution and TechXtend. The company distributes technical software and hardware to corporate and value added resellers, consultants, and systems integrators; and software, hardware, and services for corporations, government organizations, and academic institutions. It also resells computer software and hardware developed by others, as well as provides technical services to end user customers in the United States and Canada. In addition, the company offers a line of products from various publishers of software; and tools for virtualization/cloud computing, security, networking, storage and infrastructure management, application lifecycle management, and other technically sophisticated domains, as well as computer hardware. Wayside Technology Group, Inc. markets its products through own Websites, local and online seminars, Webinars, and social media, as well as direct email and printed materials. The company was formerly known as Programmer's Paradise, Inc. and changed its name to Wayside Technology Group, Inc. in August 2006. Wayside Technology Group, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Eatontown, New Jersey.

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