Vocus (NASDAQ: VOCS) and j2 Global (NASDAQ:JCOM) are both technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitabiliy, valuation, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

j2 Global pays an annual dividend of $1.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Vocus does not pay a dividend. j2 Global pays out 50.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Vocus and j2 Global, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vocus 0 0 0 0 N/A
j2 Global 0 1 3 0 2.75

j2 Global has a consensus target price of $101.00, suggesting a potential upside of 33.74%. Given j2 Global’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe j2 Global is more favorable than Vocus.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Vocus and j2 Global’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vocus N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
j2 Global $928.42 million 3.92 $375.89 million $2.98 25.34

j2 Global has higher revenue and earnings than Vocus.

Profitability

This table compares Vocus and j2 Global’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vocus N/A N/A N/A
j2 Global 14.74% 26.62% 11.63%

Summary

j2 Global beats Vocus on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Vocus Company Profile

Vocus Inc is a United States-based company, which is a provider of public relations software that enables professionals to plan, execute and measure influencer-oriented campaigns in one integrated platform. The Company is a parent company to PRWeb, Help a Reporter Out (HARO) and iContact. The Company offer free instruction for Vocus software and applications to Vocus customers. The Company’s product experts deliver these online courses to provide in-depth training for beginning and advanced users. The Company’s solutions include Data Integration, Reporting and Analytics. The Company’s News Bureau Services include daily news report, news cleansing, news classification, manual toning and news analytics reports.

j2 Global Company Profile

j2 Global, Inc. is a provider of services delivered through the Internet. The Company provides cloud services to businesses of all sizes, from individuals to enterprises. The Company operates in two segments: Business Cloud Services and Digital Media. The Company’s Digital Media business segment consists of the Web properties and business operations of Ziff Davis, Inc. (Ziff Davis). The Company’s cloud services and solutions include fax, voice and unified communications, email and customer relationship management, online backup, global network and operations, and customer support services. In February 2013, it acquired IGN Entertainment, Inc. On November 9, 2012, the Company acquired Ziff Davis. Effective March 18, 2013, it acquired MetroFax Inc. In April 2013, the Company acquired Backup Connect BV.

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