ScanSource (NASDAQ:SCSC) and Speed Commerce (OTCMKTS:SPDC) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.5% of ScanSource shares are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of ScanSource shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Speed Commerce shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares ScanSource and Speed Commerce’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ScanSource 1.11% 9.57% 4.22%
Speed Commerce N/A N/A N/A

Risk & Volatility

ScanSource has a beta of 0.72, indicating that its share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Speed Commerce has a beta of 0.68, indicating that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for ScanSource and Speed Commerce, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ScanSource 0 0 2 0 3.00
Speed Commerce 0 0 0 0 N/A

ScanSource presently has a consensus price target of $45.00, suggesting a potential upside of 14.56%. Given ScanSource’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe ScanSource is more favorable than Speed Commerce.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ScanSource and Speed Commerce’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ScanSource $3.85 billion 0.26 $33.15 million $3.11 12.63
Speed Commerce N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

ScanSource has higher revenue and earnings than Speed Commerce.

Summary

ScanSource beats Speed Commerce on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ScanSource

ScanSource, Inc. distributes technology products and solutions in North America, Latin America, and Europe. It operates in two segments, Worldwide Barcode, Networking & Security (WW Barcode, Networking & Security); and Worldwide Communications & Services (WW Communications & Services). The WW Barcode, Networking & Security segment offers a portfolio of solutions primarily for enterprise mobile computing, data capture, barcode printing, point of sale (POS), payments, networking, electronic physical security, cyber security, and other technologies. This segment offers data capture and POS solutions to automate the collection, processing, and communication of information for commercial and industrial applications, including retail sales, distribution, shipping, inventory control, materials handling, warehouse management, and health care applications. It also provides electronic physical security products, such as identification, access control, video surveillance, intrusion-related, and wireless and networking infrastructure products; and video conferencing, cloud, POS portal, and other services. The WW Communications & Services segment offers a portfolio of solutions primarily for communications technologies and services comprising voice, video conferencing, wireless, data networking, cable, unified communications and collaboration, cloud, and technology services, as well as IP networks and other solutions for various vertical markets comprising education, healthcare, and government. It also provides professional, contact center, and infrastructure services; and distributes communications technologies, digital networks, and cyber security products. The company also offers pre-sale business tools and value-added services that include market and technology solution, education and training, product configuration tool, technical support, logistics, and channel financial services. ScanSource, Inc. was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina.

About Speed Commerce

Speed Commerce, Inc. provides e-commerce and fulfillment services to retailers and manufacturers in the United States and Canada. It offers Web platform development and hosting, order management, fulfillment, logistics, and contact center services, which provide customers with transaction-based services and information management tools. The company was formerly known as Navarre Corporation and changed its name to Speed Commerce, Inc. in September 2013. The company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Richardson, Texas.

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