EPAM Systems (NYSE: EPAM) and TeleCommunication Systems (NASDAQ:TSYS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for EPAM Systems and TeleCommunication Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EPAM Systems 0 0 12 0 3.00
TeleCommunication Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

EPAM Systems presently has a consensus target price of $97.42, suggesting a potential downside of 5.24%. Given EPAM Systems’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe EPAM Systems is more favorable than TeleCommunication Systems.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.8% of EPAM Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.2% of EPAM Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares EPAM Systems and TeleCommunication Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EPAM Systems 9.41% 15.70% 13.27%
TeleCommunication Systems 2.99% 10.24% 3.52%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares EPAM Systems and TeleCommunication Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EPAM Systems $1.16 billion 4.68 $99.26 million $2.35 43.74
TeleCommunication Systems N/A N/A N/A $0.06 83.17

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

Summary

EPAM Systems beats TeleCommunication Systems on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

EPAM Systems Company Profile

EPAM Systems, Inc. is a g provider of software product development and digital platform engineering services to clients located primarily in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The Company’s service offerings cover the full software product development lifecycle from digital strategy and customer experience design to enterprise application platforms implementation and program management services and from complex software development services to maintenance, support, custom application development, application testing, and infrastructure management. Its service offerings include Software Product Development Services, Custom Application Development Services, Application Testing Services, Enterprise Application Platforms, Application Maintenance and Support, and Infrastructure Management Services. It offers its solutions and services to industries, such as financial services, media and entertainment, travel and consumer, software and hi-tech, and life sciences and healthcare.

TeleCommunication Systems Company Profile

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. develops and delivers wireless communication technology. The Company delivers cellular network computing services that include public safety solutions for 9-1-1 call delivery, precision location platforms, and applications that include navigation, locator applications and text messaging, as well as secure wireless communications systems and professional services. The Company has two operating segments: Commercial segment, which engineers and develops software for cellular carrier and enterprise networks that is engaged in the delivery of secure and personalized content, services, and transactions to and from wireless devices, and Government segment, which engineers and provides wireless communication solutions, including deployable communication systems and related support services to agencies of the United States Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, Justice and other state and local Government customers.

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