Intersections (NASDAQ:INTX) and Pegasystems (NASDAQ:PEGA) are both business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Intersections and Pegasystems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intersections 2.04% 406.15% 7.57%
Pegasystems 1.19% 0.34% 0.22%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

23.9% of Intersections shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.0% of Pegasystems shares are held by institutional investors. 58.5% of Intersections shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 52.9% of Pegasystems shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Pegasystems pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Intersections does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Intersections and Pegasystems, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intersections 0 0 0 0 N/A
Pegasystems 0 0 2 0 3.00

Pegasystems has a consensus price target of $69.43, indicating a potential downside of 1.14%.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Intersections and Pegasystems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intersections $159.62 million 0.00 -$14.32 million N/A N/A
Pegasystems $891.58 million 6.18 $10.61 million N/A N/A

Pegasystems has higher revenue and earnings than Intersections.

Volatility and Risk

Intersections has a beta of -0.71, suggesting that its stock price is 171% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pegasystems has a beta of 1.38, suggesting that its stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Pegasystems beats Intersections on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Intersections

Intersections Inc. provides identity risk management and privacy protection services in the United States and Canada. The company's Personal Information Services segment offers privacy, personal information security, and identity theft monitoring and remediation services for consumers to understand, monitor, manage, and protect against the risks associated with their personal information. Its services include credit reports, credit monitoring, educational credit scores, and credit education; reports, monitoring, and education about other personal information and risks, such as public records, identity validation, new accounts, and Internet data risks; identity theft recovery services; identity theft cost reimbursement insurance; and software and other technology tools and services under the IDENTITY GUARD brand. This segment also offers breach response services to organizations responding to compromises of sensitive personal information; and Privacy Now with Watson, an identity theft monitoring and privacy advisory solution. The company's Insurance and Other Consumer Services segment provides insurance and membership products for consumers. Intersections Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia.

About Pegasystems

Pegasystems Inc. develops, markets, licenses, and supports enterprise software applications in the United States, India, and internationally. It provides Pega Platform, an application development product for clients; and Pega Infinity, a software platform that unifies customer engagement and digital process automation. The company offers customer engagement applications, including Pega Marketing that enable enterprises to enhance customer acquisition and experiences across inbound, outbound, and paid media channels; Pega Sales Automation to automate and manage the sales process; and Pega Customer Service to anticipate customer needs, connect customers to people and systems, and automate customer interactions to evolve the customer service experience, as well as to allow enterprises to deliver interactions across channels and enhance employee productivity. It also provides digital process automation products for businesses with capabilities to automate industry-specific business processes. In addition, the company offers Pega Cloud that allows clients to develop, test, and deploy applications and the Pega Platform using an Internet-based infrastructure; and guidance and implementation, technical support, and instructor-led and online training services. It primarily markets its software and services to financial services, healthcare, manufacturing and high tech, communications and media, insurance, government, consumer services, and life sciences markets through a direct sales force, as well as partnerships with technology providers and application developers. Pegasystems Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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