IDI (NASDAQ: COGT) and Tangoe (NASDAQ:TNGO) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.

Risk & Volatility

IDI has a beta of 0.42, indicating that its share price is 58% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tangoe has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares IDI and Tangoe’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IDI $210.16 million 1.22 -$14.55 million ($0.89) -5.22
Tangoe N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Tangoe has higher revenue, but lower earnings than IDI.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for IDI and Tangoe, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IDI 0 0 3 0 3.00
Tangoe 0 1 0 0 2.00

IDI presently has a consensus target price of $9.17, indicating a potential upside of 97.13%. Tangoe has a consensus target price of $6.50, indicating a potential upside of 2.36%. Given IDI’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe IDI is more favorable than Tangoe.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

8.8% of IDI shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.2% of Tangoe shares are held by institutional investors. 53.3% of IDI shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of Tangoe 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 IDI and Tangoe’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IDI -22.97% -13.76% -9.73%
Tangoe -7.96% -9.86% -7.97%

About IDI

IDI, Inc., formerly Tiger Media, Inc., is a data and analytics company providing information and marketing solutions to businesses in a range of industries. The Company operates through two segments: Information Services and Performance Marketing. The Company serves the risk management and the consumer marketing industries through its consolidated subsidiaries, Interactive Data, LLC and Fluent, LLC, respectively. Interactive Data, LLC provides information solutions to a set of industries, including insurance, healthcare, corporate risk, law enforcement, government, collections, retail and legal. Fluent provides people-based, digital marketing solutions to consumer brands and direct marketers utilizing Fluent’s audience data and technology. The products within Information Services segment include idiCORE, idiBASIC, idiVERIFIED, Batch Processing, Hosted Customer Acquisition and Audience Now. Products within the Performance Marketing segment include LiveConnect and Display Advertising.

About Tangoe

Tangoe, Inc. is a provider of information technology (IT) and Telecom Expense Management (TEM) software and related services. The Company offers its services to a range of global enterprises and service providers. Its products and solutions include mobility, telecom, cloud, IT expense, strategic consulting and mobility as a service (MaaS). Its mobility solution includes expense management; procurement, logistics and activation; usage management; enterprise mobility; mobile support, and financial management. Its IT expense solution includes expense management, inventory and asset management, usage management and financial management. Its enterprise mobility and IT consulting services include strategic sourcing; strategy assessment, planning, and policy development, and implementation and transition support. The Company offers contract sourcing, strategy and policy consulting, service maturity assessment, global services benchmarking and lifecycle advisory, among others.

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