Critical Review: Quad Graphics (NYSE:QUAD) and Auxilio (AUXO)
Quad Graphics (NYSE: QUAD) and Auxilio (NASDAQ:AUXO) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, profitabiliy, valuation and analyst recommendations.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
52.3% of Quad Graphics shares are held by institutional investors. 12.1% of Quad Graphics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Quad Graphics and Auxilio’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Quad Graphics||$4.22 billion||0.17||$479.80 million||$1.57||12.27|
|Auxilio||$63.94 million||0.68||$4.73 million||N/A||N/A|
Quad Graphics has higher revenue and earnings than Auxilio.
This table compares Quad Graphics and Auxilio’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Quad Graphics and Auxilio, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Auxilio has a consensus price target of $7.38, suggesting a potential upside of 58.26%. Given Auxilio’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Auxilio is more favorable than Quad Graphics.
Quad Graphics pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.2%. Auxilio does not pay a dividend. Quad Graphics pays out 76.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.
Quad Graphics beats Auxilio on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Quad Graphics
Quad/Graphics, Inc. is a marketing services provider. The Company’s segments are United States Print and Related Services, International and Corporate. The United States Print and Related Services segment consists of the Company’s United States printing operations. The United States Print and Related Services segment includes retail inserts, publications, catalogs, special interest publications, journals, direct mail, books, directories, in-store marketing and promotion, packaging, newspapers, custom print products, other commercial and specialty printed products, and global paper procurement. The United States Print and Related Services segment also includes marketing and other complementary services, including marketing strategy and data insights. The International segment consists of the Company’s printing operations in Europe and Latin America, including operations in England, France, Germany and Poland, as well as investments in printing operations in Brazil and India.
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.
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