Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) and Mantech International (NASDAQ:MANT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.
Mantech International pays an annual dividend of $0.42 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Verisign does not pay a dividend. Mantech International pays out 27.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
63.2% of Mantech International shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Verisign shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 35.1% of Mantech International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Verisign and Mantech International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Verisign and Mantech International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Verisign currently has a consensus target price of $106.33, indicating a potential downside of 2.54%. Mantech International has a consensus target price of $46.17, indicating a potential downside of 5.96%. Given Verisign’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Verisign is more favorable than Mantech International.
Risk and Volatility
Verisign has a beta of 0.92, suggesting that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mantech International has a beta of 1.04, suggesting that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Verisign and Mantech International’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Verisign||$1.14 billion||9.42||$440.64 million||$3.70||29.49|
|Mantech International||$1.60 billion||1.20||$56.39 million||$1.53||32.08|
Verisign has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Mantech International. Verisign is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Mantech International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Mantech International beats Verisign on 8 of the 15 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.
Mantech International Company Profile
ManTech International Corporation provides technologies and solutions for national security programs for the intelligence community; the departments of Defense, State, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Veteran Affairs and Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); the space community, and other the United States Government customers. It delivers an array of information technology (IT) and technical services solutions. Its solutions and services include cybersecurity; software and systems development; enterprise IT; multi-disciplined intelligence; command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; program protection and mission assurance; systems engineering; supply chain management and logistics; test and evaluation; training, and management consulting. It supports programs of national significance, such as military readiness and wellness, terrorist threat detection, information security and border protection.
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