Speed Commerce (OTCMKTS:SPDC) and Wayside Technology Group (NASDAQ:WSTG) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

Speed Commerce has a beta of 0.65, suggesting that its share price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Wayside Technology Group has a beta of 0.14, suggesting that its share price is 86% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

48.9% of Wayside Technology Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Speed Commerce shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.9% of Wayside Technology Group 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.

Dividends

Wayside Technology Group pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.1%. Speed Commerce does not pay a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Speed Commerce and Wayside Technology Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Speed Commerce N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Wayside Technology Group $449.38 million 0.11 $5.06 million N/A N/A

Wayside Technology Group has higher revenue and earnings than Speed Commerce.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Speed Commerce and Wayside Technology Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Speed Commerce 0 0 0 0 N/A
Wayside Technology Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares Speed Commerce and Wayside Technology Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Speed Commerce N/A N/A N/A
Wayside Technology Group 1.13% 14.10% 5.38%

Summary

Wayside Technology Group beats Speed Commerce on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Speed Commerce

Speed Commerce, Inc. provides end-to-end e-commerce services to retailers and manufacturers. It also provides web platform development and hosting, order management, fulfillment, logistics and contact center services which provide clients with easy-to-implement, cost-effective, transaction-based services, and information management tools. The company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Richardson, TX.

About Wayside Technology Group

Wayside Technology Group, Inc. operates as an information technology channel company worldwide. It operates in two segments, Lifeboat Distribution and TechXtend. The company distributes technical software and hardware to corporate and value added resellers, consultants, and systems integrators; and software, hardware, and services for corporations, government organizations, and academic institutions. It also resells computer software and hardware developed by others, as well as provides technical services to end user customers in the United States and Canada. In addition, the company offers a line of products from various publishers of software; and tools for virtualization/cloud computing, security, networking, storage and infrastructure management, application lifecycle management, and other technically sophisticated domains, as well as computer hardware. Wayside Technology Group, Inc. markets its products through own Websites, local and online seminars, Webinars, and social media, as well as direct email and printed materials. The company was formerly known as Programmer's Paradise, Inc. and changed its name to Wayside Technology Group, Inc. in August 2006. Wayside Technology Group, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Eatontown, New Jersey.

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