ZIX (NASDAQ:ZIXI) and CrowdGather (OTCMKTS:CRWG) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares ZIX and CrowdGather’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ZIX $70.48 million 5.11 $15.44 million $0.32 20.81
CrowdGather $370,000.00 1.69 -$570,000.00 N/A N/A

ZIX has higher revenue and earnings than CrowdGather.

Profitability

This table compares ZIX and CrowdGather’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ZIX 21.89% 19.47% 11.04%
CrowdGather N/A N/A N/A

Risk & Volatility

ZIX has a beta of 1.1, indicating that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CrowdGather has a beta of -2.54, indicating that its stock price is 354% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for ZIX and CrowdGather, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ZIX 0 0 2 0 3.00
CrowdGather 0 0 0 0 N/A

ZIX presently has a consensus price target of $8.50, suggesting a potential upside of 27.63%. Given ZIX’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe ZIX is more favorable than CrowdGather.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

74.6% of ZIX shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of ZIX shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 36.4% of CrowdGather shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

ZIX beats CrowdGather on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

ZIX Company Profile

Zix Corporation provides email encryption, threat protection, archiving, bring-your-own-device security, and data loss prevention solutions for the healthcare, financial services, insurance, and government sectors primarily in the United States. The company offers Zix Email Encryption that allows an enterprise to use policy-driven rules to determine email messages that should be sent securely to comply with regulations or company-defined policies. It a0lso provides ZixDirectory, an email encryption community to share identities; Best Method of Delivery, a protocol that automatically determines means of delivery based on the sender's and recipient's communications environment and preferences; and ZixEncrypt, which automatically encrypts and decrypts messages with sensitive content. In addition, the company offers ZixProtect that defends organizations from zero-day malware, ransomware, phishing, CEO fraud, W-2 phishing attacks, spam, and viruses in email; and ZixArchive, a cloud-based email retention solution that enables user retrieval, compliance, and e-discovery. Further, it provides ZixOne, a mobile email app, which offers access to corporate email while never allowing that data to be persistently stored on the device where it is vulnerable to loss or theft. Zix Corporation offers its services through a direct sales force; and a network of resellers and other distribution partners. It has strategic partnership with Digital Guardian to deliver email encryption with enterprise data loss prevention. The company was formerly known as ZixIt Corporation and changed its name to Zix Corporation in 2002. Zix Corporation was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

CrowdGather Company Profile

CrowdGather, Inc., a social networking Internet company, develops and hosts forum based Websites primarily in the United States. It monetizes a network of online forums and message boards designed to engage, provide information to, and build community around users. The company's forum community connects a network of people sharing their questions, expertise, and experiences. It also provides targeted advertising and marketing services for online customers. The company's portfolio includes approximately 350 domain names and 70 Web properties at various stages of development. CrowdGather, Inc. is headquartered in Calabasas, California.

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