Auxilio (NASDAQ: AUXO) and Multi-Color Corporation (NASDAQ:LABL) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitabiliy, dividends and valuation.

Dividends

Multi-Color Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Auxilio does not pay a dividend. Multi-Color Corporation pays out 5.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Auxilio and Multi-Color Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Auxilio $63.94 million 0.73 $4.73 million N/A N/A
Multi-Color Corporation $923.30 million 1.46 $160.89 million $3.58 22.18

Multi-Color Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Auxilio.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Auxilio and Multi-Color Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Auxilio 0 0 3 0 3.00
Multi-Color Corporation 1 3 0 0 1.75

Auxilio currently has a consensus price target of $7.38, suggesting a potential upside of 49.29%. Multi-Color Corporation has a consensus price target of $74.25, suggesting a potential downside of 6.49%. Given Auxilio’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Auxilio is more favorable than Multi-Color Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares Auxilio and Multi-Color Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Auxilio 0.03% 0.16% 0.06%
Multi-Color Corporation 6.61% 16.99% 5.78%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

76.4% of Multi-Color Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 19.4% of Multi-Color Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Multi-Color Corporation beats Auxilio on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Auxilio

Auxilio, Inc. is engaged in the business of providing outsourced print management services and cyber security professional services to the healthcare industry, and also to financial institutions, gaming and other industries. The Company also provides information technology (IT) security consulting services. Its products and services include managed print services group and data security group. The managed print services group provides workflow solutions and is a program with guaranteed savings. After the assessment and upon engagement, it charges the customer on a per print basis. This charge covers the entire print management process and includes the placement of a trained resident team on-site to manage the entire process. The data security group serves the security needs in healthcare by providing Security Process and Program Development, Regulatory and Penetration Assessments, Incident and Breach Response, and Delphiis IT Risk Manager Software as a Service (SaaS) Solutions.

About Multi-Color Corporation

Multi-Color Corporation (Multi-Color) is engaged in label solutions business, supporting brands, including producers of home and personal care, wine and spirit, food and beverage, healthcare and specialty consumer products. The Company serves international brand owners in North, Central and South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and China and Southeast Asia with a range of label technologies in Pressure Sensitive, Glue-Applied (Cut and Stack), In-Mold, Shrink Sleeve and Heat Transfer. The Company also provides a range of print methods, including flexographic, lithographic, rotogravure, letterpress and digital, and in-house prepress services. The Company provides graphics and pre-press services for its customers at all of its manufacturing locations. These services include the conversion of customer digital files and artwork into proofs, production of print layouts and printing plates, and product mock ups and samples for market research.

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