Cass Information Systems (NASDAQ:CASS) and Janel (OTCMKTS:JANL) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Cass Information Systems and Janel, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cass Information Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A
Janel 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

52.7% of Cass Information Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.9% of Cass Information Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.7% of Janel shares are owned by company 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 Cass Information Systems and Janel’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cass Information Systems 19.68% 13.43% 1.87%
Janel 0.13% 1.75% 0.53%

Volatility and Risk

Cass Information Systems has a beta of 0.86, meaning that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Janel has a beta of -3.87, meaning that its share price is 487% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Cass Information Systems pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Janel does not pay a dividend. Cass Information Systems has raised its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cass Information Systems and Janel’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cass Information Systems $135.30 million 5.89 $25.01 million N/A N/A
Janel $77.77 million 0.07 $720,000.00 N/A N/A

Cass Information Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Janel.

Summary

Cass Information Systems beats Janel on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cass Information Systems Company Profile

Cass Information Systems, Inc. provides payment and information processing services to manufacturing, distribution, and retail enterprises in the United States. It operates through two segments, Information Services and Banking Services. The company's services include freight invoice rating, payment processing, auditing, and the generation of accounting and transportation information. It also processes and pays energy invoices, including electricity, gas, waste, and other facility related expenses; and provides telecommunications expense management solutions comprising bill processing, audit, and payment services for telephone, data line, wireless, and communication equipment expenses. In addition, the company, through its banking subsidiary, Cass Commercial Bank, provides a range of commercial banking products and services, such as checking, savings, and time deposit accounts; commercial and commercial real estate loans; and other cash management services to privately owned businesses, and churches and church-related ministries. It operates through its banking facility near downtown St. Louis, Missouri; operating branch in the Bridgeton, Missouri; and additional leased facilities in Fenton, Missouri, Santa Ana, California, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. The company was formerly known as Cass Commercial Corporation and changed its name to Cass Information Systems, Inc. in January 2001. Cass Information Systems, Inc. was founded in 1906 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

Janel Company Profile

Janel Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides logistics services worldwide. The company's freight forwarding services include arrangement of freight forwarding by air, ocean, and ground; warehousing; destination handling; and distribution and other logistics management services. Its customs brokerage services comprise clearance of shipments through government customs regimes, such as preparing required documentation; calculating and providing for payment of duties; and other services on behalf of customers, as well as arranging required inspections and final delivery. The company also offers customs entry filing; cargo insurance procurement; logistics planning; product repackaging; online shipment tracking; and other value-added logistics services. In addition, it manufactures and distributes industrial mixing equipment for industries, including chemicals, inks, paints, construction, plastics, adhesives, cosmetics, food, and pharmaceuticals. The company was formerly known as Janel World Trade Ltd. and changed its name to Janel Corporation in April 2015. Janel Corporation was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Lynbrook, New York.

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