QuinStreet (OTCMKTS: CIOXY) and CIELO S A/S (OTCMKTS:CIOXY) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, profitability and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for QuinStreet and CIELO S A/S, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
QuinStreet 0 0 4 0 3.00
CIELO S A/S 0 1 0 0 2.00

QuinStreet presently has a consensus target price of $17.55, indicating a potential upside of 24.20%. Given QuinStreet’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe QuinStreet is more favorable than CIELO S A/S.

Profitability

This table compares QuinStreet and CIELO S A/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
QuinStreet 3.94% 12.72% 8.50%
CIELO S A/S 35.06% 27.27% 4.92%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

80.9% of QuinStreet shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of CIELO S A/S shares are owned by institutional investors. 24.1% of QuinStreet shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares QuinStreet and CIELO S A/S’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
QuinStreet $404.36 million 1.65 $15.93 million $0.32 44.16
CIELO S A/S $3.64 billion 2.55 $1.27 billion N/A N/A

CIELO S A/S has higher revenue and earnings than QuinStreet.

Risk & Volatility

QuinStreet has a beta of 0.99, meaning that its share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CIELO S A/S has a beta of 1.54, meaning that its share price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

CIELO S A/S pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.3%. QuinStreet does not pay a dividend.

About QuinStreet

QuinStreet, Inc., an Internet performance marketing and media company, provides customer acquisition services for its clients in the United States and internationally. It offers online marketing services to its clients in the form of qualified leads, inquiries, clicks, calls, applications, customers, display advertisements, or impressions through its Websites or third-party publishers. The company provides its services in various verticals, such as financial services, education, business-to-business technology, and home services. QuinStreet, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Foster City, California.

About CIELO S A/S

Cielo S.A., through its subsidiaries, provides payment services in Brazil. The company is involved in the provision of services related to credit and debit cards, and other payment methods, including signing up of merchants and service providers; rental, installation, and maintenance of point of sale terminals; and data capture and processing of electronic and manual transactions. It also offers services related in the processing means of payments that involve cards, maintenance services, and contacts with merchants for acceptance of credit and debit cards; data transmission services to load fixed or mobile phone credits; software development and licensing of computer programs; electronic transactions processing; IT services for collection and management of accounts payable and receivable; and data processing services and support services to medical companies. The company was formerly known as Companhia Brasileira de Meios de Pagamento and changed its name to Cielo S.A. in December 2009. Cielo S.A. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Barueri, Brazil.

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