Mercury Systems (NASDAQ: MRCY) and TASER International (NASDAQ:AAXN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Mercury Systems and TASER International’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mercury Systems $408.59 million 5.78 $77.23 million $0.58 84.71
TASER International $312.84 million 3.87 $33.89 million $0.32 71.60

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

Risk and Volatility

Mercury Systems has a beta of 0.42, suggesting that its share price is 58% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TASER International has a beta of 1, suggesting that its share price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Mercury Systems and TASER International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mercury Systems 0 2 5 0 2.71
TASER International 0 3 1 0 2.25

Mercury Systems presently has a consensus target price of $42.20, suggesting a potential downside of 14.11%. TASER International has a consensus target price of $27.50, suggesting a potential upside of 20.03%. Given TASER International’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe TASER International is more favorable than Mercury Systems.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

96.4% of Mercury Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.7% of TASER International shares are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of Mercury Systems shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.7% of TASER International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Mercury Systems and TASER International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mercury Systems 6.09% 4.87% 3.56%
TASER International 5.45% 10.47% 5.60%

Summary

Mercury Systems beats TASER International on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Mercury Systems

Mercury Systems, Inc. is a commercial provider of secure processing subsystems designed and made in the United States. The Company’s solutions support a range of defense and intelligence programs. Its technologies include embedded processing modules and subsystems, radio frequency (RF) and microwave multi-function assemblies, as well as subsystems, and RF and microwave components. It designs and builds RF and microwave components and subsystems for the electronic warfare (EW), signals intelligence (SIGINT) and other communications requirements and applications. It offers analyst services and systems engineering support, consulting, maintenance and other support, testing and installation. It designs, markets and sells software and middleware environments for the development and execution of signal and image processing applications on a range of heterogeneous and multi-computing platforms. It also offers solutions in mission computing, safety-critical avionics and platform management.

About TASER International

Axon Enterprise, Inc., formerly TASER International, Inc., is engaged in development, manufacture and sale of conducted electrical weapons (CEWs) for use by law enforcement, military, corrections and private security personnel, and by private individuals for personal defense. It is also engaged in development of connected wearable on-officer cameras. It operates through two segments: the sale of CEWs, accessories, and other related products and services (the TASER Weapons segment), and the Axon business, focused on devices, wearables, applications, cloud and mobile products (the Axon segment). Its TASER Weapons product line includes TASER X26P, TASER X2, TASER C2, TASER Pulse and Replacement Cartridges. Its hardware products include Axon Body 2, Axon Flex, Axon Fleet, Axon Interview, Axon Signal and Axon Dock. Its Axon software and mobile technologies include Evidence.com, Evidence.com for Prosecutors, Evidence Sync, Axon Capture, Axon View, Axon Five, Axon Convert and Axon Detect.

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