VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN) and Covisint Corp (NASDAQ:COVS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.5% of Covisint Corp shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of VeriSign shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.9% of Covisint Corp shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

VeriSign has a beta of 1.18, indicating that its share price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Covisint Corp has a beta of 1.26, indicating that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for VeriSign and Covisint Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
VeriSign 0 3 0 0 2.00
Covisint Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

VeriSign presently has a consensus target price of $89.67, indicating a potential downside of 15.32%. Given VeriSign’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe VeriSign is more favorable than Covisint Corp.

Profitability

This table compares VeriSign and Covisint Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
VeriSign 39.92% -36.99% 18.95%
Covisint Corp 8.37% 10.72% 7.55%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares VeriSign and Covisint Corp’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
VeriSign $1.15 billion 9.20 $747.69 million $3.67 28.85
Covisint Corp N/A N/A N/A ($0.31) -7.90

VeriSign has higher revenue and earnings than Covisint Corp. Covisint Corp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than VeriSign, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

VeriSign beats Covisint Corp on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

VeriSign Company Profile

VeriSign, Inc. is a provider of domain name registry services and Internet security. The Company operates through Registry Services and Security Services segment. Registry Services ensure the security, stability and resiliency of Internet infrastructure and services, including the .com and .net domains, and operation of the root-zone maintainer functions for the core of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). Security Services provides infrastructure assurance services consisting of Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) Protection Services and Managed DNS Services. DDoS Protection Services supports online business continuity by providing monitoring and mitigation services against DDoS attacks. Managed DNS Services is a hosting service that delivers DNS resolution for the availability of Web-based systems.

Covisint Corp Company Profile

Covisint Corporation provides an open, enterprise class cloud platform (Platform) enabling organizations to build solutions that identify, authenticate and connect users, devices, applications and information. The Company’s Auto Supply Portal is involved in the development and integration of three cloud-based technologies, such as identity management, data integration and exchange services, and portal services. The Company’s Platform is delivered through the cloud as a Platform as a Service (PaaS). The Company’s Platform supports production-critical applications, and offers security, scalability and reliability. The Platform’s various capabilities include Identity services, Messaging and orchestration services and Internet of Things (IoT) Services. Its customers include large, across the globe distributed organizations and mid-sized organizations with external business relationships, as well as the participants in their business relationships.

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