The KEYW Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: KEYW) and Visa (NYSE:V) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and profitabiliy.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for The KEYW Holding Corporation and Visa, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The KEYW Holding Corporation 0 2 3 0 2.60
Visa 0 3 26 1 2.93

The KEYW Holding Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $12.33, suggesting a potential upside of 32.62%. Visa has a consensus price target of $96.36, suggesting a potential upside of 2.05%. Given The KEYW Holding Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe The KEYW Holding Corporation is more favorable than Visa.

Profitability

This table compares The KEYW Holding Corporation and Visa’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The KEYW Holding Corporation -5.02% -1.55% -0.85%
Visa 28.78% 29.14% 12.08%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares The KEYW Holding Corporation and Visa’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
The KEYW Holding Corporation $282.64 million 1.61 $18.86 million ($0.34) -27.35
Visa $16.83 billion 12.94 $11.59 billion $2.00 47.21

Visa has higher revenue and earnings than The KEYW Holding Corporation. The KEYW Holding Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Visa, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Visa pays an annual dividend of $0.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. The KEYW Holding Corporation does not pay a dividend. Visa pays out 33.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. The KEYW Holding Corporation has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

97.3% of The KEYW Holding Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.4% of Visa shares are held by institutional investors. 4.6% of The KEYW Holding Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.1% of Visa shares are held 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.

Volatility & Risk

The KEYW Holding Corporation has a beta of 0.97, indicating that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Visa has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Visa beats The KEYW Holding Corporation on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About The KEYW Holding Corporation

The KeyW Holding Corporation is a holding company. The Company is a provider of engineering and technology solutions to support the collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of information across the full spectrum of the Intelligence, cyber and counterterrorism communities missions. It operates through Government Solutions segment. Its solutions are designed to meet the needs of agile intelligence and the United States government national security priorities through a range of cyber operations and training, geospatial intelligence, cloud and data analytics, engineering, and intelligence analysis and operations offerings. Its Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance solution suite is deployed from a sensor delivery platform. It includes products, including electro-optical, hyperspectral and synthetic aperture radar sensors, and other products that it manufactures and integrates with hardware and software to meet evolving intelligence mission requirements.

About Visa

Visa Inc. (Visa) is a payments technology company that connects consumers, merchants, financial institutions, businesses, strategic partners and government entities to electronic payments. The Company operates through payment services segment. The Company enables global commerce through the transfer of value and information among the participants. The Company’s transaction processing network facilitates authorization, clearing and settlement of payment transactions and enables to provide its financial institution and merchant clients a range of products, platforms and value-added services. The Company is a retail electronic payment network based on payments volume, number of transactions and number of cards in circulation. Its products/services include core products, processing infrastructure, transaction processing services, digital products, merchant products, and risk products and payment security initiatives.

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