Leidos (NYSE:LDOS) and Onespan (NASDAQ:OSPN) are both aerospace companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

74.8% of Leidos shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.8% of Onespan shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Leidos shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.5% of Onespan shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Leidos and Onespan, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Leidos 0 1 5 0 2.83
Onespan 0 0 3 0 3.00

Leidos currently has a consensus target price of $77.50, indicating a potential upside of 25.12%. Onespan has a consensus target price of $19.00, indicating a potential upside of 23.70%. Given Leidos’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Leidos is more favorable than Onespan.

Risk & Volatility

Leidos has a beta of 1.64, meaning that its share price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Onespan has a beta of 1.93, meaning that its share price is 93% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Leidos and Onespan’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Leidos 5.04% 18.67% 7.18%
Onespan -12.85% 6.38% 4.64%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Leidos and Onespan’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Leidos $10.17 billion 0.91 $366.00 million $3.72 16.65
Onespan $193.29 million 3.20 -$22.39 million $0.43 35.72

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

Dividends

Leidos pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Onespan does not pay a dividend. Leidos pays out 34.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Leidos beats Onespan on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Leidos

Leidos Holdings, Inc. provides services and solutions in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets primarily in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Defense Solutions, Civil, and Health. The Defense Solutions segment offers national security solutions and systems for air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace for the U.S. intelligence community, Department of Defense, military services, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and government agencies of U.S. allies abroad, as well as other federal, civilian, and commercial customers in national security industry. Its solutions include technology, intelligence systems, command and control, data analytics, logistics, and cybersecurity solutions, as well as intelligence analysis and operations support services to critical missions. The Civil segment provides systems integration services to Air Navigation Service providers, including the Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration, and airport operators; vehicle and cargo inspection system, which enables the scanning of vehicles and cargo that produces a image using a low radiation dose; IT solutions in cloud computing, mobility, application modernization, DevOps, data center, network modernization, asset management, help desk operations, and digital workplace enablement; federal environment and infrastructure; and logistics services. The Health segment offers solutions to federal and commercial customers responsible for health and well-being of people worldwide, including complex systems integration, managed health services, enterprise IT transformation, and life sciences services. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.

About Onespan

OneSpan Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, and markets digital solutions for identity, security, and business productivity worldwide. It enables financial institutions and other organizations to succeed by making bold advances in their digital transformation. The company offers DIGIPASS software authenticators that balance the need for stronger mobile application security; DIGIPASS for Apps, a software development kit, which allows application developers to natively integrate security features; DIGIPASS for Mobile, a mobile authenticator that operates as a discrete mobile application; IDENTIKEY Risk Manager, an anti-fraud solution; and application shielding with runtime application self-protection that neutralizes the threat of attacks on mobile apps. It also provides eSignLive eSignature solutions; and eSignLive eVault Manager, a Web-based platform that provides mortgage lenders, auto financers, equipment lessors, and other financial services organizations the means to store, assign, and service electronic mortgage notes, and secured loans and leases. In addition, the company offers VACMAN solutions; DIGIPASS hardware authenticators to support authentication and digital signatures for applications running on desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, and smart phones; and IDENTIKEY Authentication Server, an authentication server that supports the deployment, use, and administration of DIGIPASS strong user authentication. It sells its solutions through its direct sales force, as well as through distributors, resellers, systems integrators, and original equipment manufacturers. The company was formerly known as VASCO Data Security International, Inc. and changed its name to OneSpan Inc. in May 2018. OneSpan Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

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