Cartesian (OTCMKTS:CRTN) and Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE:BAH) are both business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

Cartesian has a beta of -0.57, indicating that its stock price is 157% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Booz Allen Hamilton has a beta of 1.13, indicating that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.4% of Booz Allen Hamilton shares are held by institutional investors. 9.5% of Cartesian shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.6% of Booz Allen Hamilton 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 Cartesian and Booz Allen Hamilton’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cartesian -15.30% -386.24% -33.67%
Booz Allen Hamilton 5.50% 58.75% 9.61%

Dividends

Booz Allen Hamilton pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Cartesian does not pay a dividend. Booz Allen Hamilton pays out 37.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Booz Allen Hamilton has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Cartesian and Booz Allen Hamilton, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cartesian 0 0 0 0 N/A
Booz Allen Hamilton 1 3 6 0 2.50

Booz Allen Hamilton has a consensus target price of $52.88, indicating a potential upside of 6.67%.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cartesian and Booz Allen Hamilton’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cartesian $50.77 million 0.00 -$6.24 million N/A N/A
Booz Allen Hamilton $6.17 billion 1.14 $305.11 million $2.01 24.66

Booz Allen Hamilton has higher revenue and earnings than Cartesian.

Summary

Booz Allen Hamilton beats Cartesian on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cartesian

Cartesian, Inc., a management consulting company, provides consulting services and managed solutions to communications, digital media, and technology sectors in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Western Europe. It provides technical consultancy services in the areas of requirements definition and capture; data analysis; selecting and implementing mediation; provisioning; customer and inter-operator billing; integration systems to provide resilient automated processes; migrating end-customer products; customers and networks; planning, managing, and executing end-to-end systems; and software testing. The company also offers strategy and business case development services, including business case development, data and content strategies, marketing spending optimization, service and brand diversification, enterprise and small business strategies, technology commercialization, and operational strategies; and marketing services. In addition, it offers program management services; business and operations process redesign and reengineering services; and Ascertain, a revenue management and data integrity toolset that provides evaluation of processes, metrics, and control points. Further, the company provides investment advisory services, such as evaluation of management teams and business plans, and identification of strengths and weakness of the company, as well as analyses of the company's financial models, systems, products, and operational and business processes. It serves wireless and wireline service providers, and cable multiple systems operators, as well as technology companies, media and entertainment companies, and financial services firms that invest in the communications industry. The company was formerly known as The Management Network Group, Inc. and changed its name to Cartesian, Inc. in June 2014. Cartesian, Inc. was founded in 1990 and is based in Overland Park, Kansas.

About Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation provides management and technology consulting, engineering, analytics, digital, mission operations, and cyber solutions to governments, corporations, and not-for-profit organizations in the United States and internationally. The company offers consulting solutions for various domains, business strategies, human capital, and operations. It also provides analytics services, which focuses on delivering transformational solutions in the areas of decision analytics, including operations research and cost estimation; automation; and data science, which include predictive modeling and machine learning, as well as new or emerging areas, such as deep learning and artificial intelligence. In addition, the company delivers engineering services and solutions to define, develop, implement, sustain, and modernize complex physical systems, such as the launch and test range system for the U.S. air force space command or the flush air data systems for NASA; and provides cyber risk management solutions, such as prevention, detection, and cost effectiveness. Further, it offers technical solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation was founded in 1914 and is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

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