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

Profitability

This table compares Nice Systems and eFuture Holding’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nice Systems 7.99% 11.14% 6.91%
eFuture Holding -22.90% -20.16% -11.94%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Nice Systems and eFuture Holding, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nice Systems 0 5 3 0 2.38
eFuture Holding 0 0 0 0 N/A

Nice Systems currently has a consensus target price of $80.43, indicating a potential upside of 1.04%. Given Nice Systems’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Nice Systems is more favorable than eFuture Holding.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

43.8% of Nice Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.6% of eFuture Holding shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of Nice Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Nice Systems has a beta of 0.9, suggesting that its share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, eFuture Holding has a beta of -0.26, suggesting that its share price is 126% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Nice Systems pays an annual dividend of $0.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. eFuture Holding does not pay a dividend. Nice Systems pays out 16.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Nice Systems and eFuture Holding’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nice Systems N/A N/A N/A $1.54 51.69
eFuture Holding N/A N/A N/A ($0.13) -49.07

eFuture Holding is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Nice Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Nice Systems beats eFuture Holding on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Nice Systems

NICE Ltd., formerly NICE-Systems Ltd., is a global enterprise software provider. The Company’s segments include Customer Interactions Solutions, and Financial Crime and Compliance Solutions. The Customer Interactions Solutions segment provides data driven insights that enable businesses to deliver personalized experience to customers. The Financial Crime and Compliance Solutions segment provides real time and cross-channel fraud prevention, anti-money laundering, brokerage compliance and enterprise-wide case management. The Company serves contact centers, back office operations and retail branches, covering various industries, including communications, banking, insurance, healthcare, business processes outsourcing (BPO), government, utilities, travel and entertainment. Its Multi-Channel Recording and Interaction Management enables organizations to capture structured and unstructured customer interaction and transaction data from multiple channels.

About eFuture Holding

eFuture Holding Inc., formerly eFuture Information Technology Inc., is a holding company. The Company is a software and solution provider and a mobile business enabler to China’s retail and consumer goods industries. All of the Company’s operations are conducted through its Chinese subsidiary, eFuture (Beijing) Royalstone Information Technology Inc. (eFuture Beijing). The Company caters to manufacturers, distributors, resellers, logistics companies and retailers. Its software professional service includes delivery services, recurring maintenance services and offers support service system. The Company’s software solutions are specifically designed to optimize demand processes from factory to consumer, and to address supply chain management (SCM), business processes, decision support, inventory optimization, collaborative planning and forecasting requirements. Its Omni-channel solutions business includes a series of omni-channel cloud services. Its Omni-channel solutions offer myStore.

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