Guidance Software (NASDAQ: GUID) and VeriSign (NASDAQ:VRSN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Guidance Software and VeriSign’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Guidance Software $108.61 million 2.00 -$971,000.00 ($0.25) -28.36
VeriSign $1.15 billion 8.99 $747.69 million $3.67 28.20

VeriSign has higher revenue and earnings than Guidance Software. Guidance Software is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than VeriSign, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Guidance Software has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, VeriSign has a beta of 1.18, suggesting that its stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Guidance Software and VeriSign, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Guidance Software 1 3 4 0 2.38
VeriSign 0 3 0 0 2.00

Guidance Software currently has a consensus price target of $15.73, suggesting a potential upside of 121.84%. VeriSign has a consensus price target of $89.67, suggesting a potential downside of 13.35%. Given Guidance Software’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Guidance Software is more favorable than VeriSign.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

51.8% of Guidance Software shares are owned by institutional investors. 38.1% of Guidance Software shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of VeriSign shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Guidance Software and VeriSign’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Guidance Software -6.56% -1,053.09% -2.01%
VeriSign 39.92% -36.99% 18.95%

Summary

VeriSign beats Guidance Software on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Guidance Software Company Profile

Guidance Software, Inc. is a technology company. The Company is a provider of endpoint investigation solutions for cybersecurity analytics, security incident response, e-discovery, data privacy and forensic analysis. The Company has five segments, which include Products, Subscription, Professional services, Training and Maintenance. The Company’s Products segment includes EnCase, EnCase Endpoint Security, EnCase eDiscovery, EnCase Forensic, EnCase Portable, Premium License Support Program and hardware sales. Its Subscription segment includes subscription services for cloud-based document review and production software. Its Professional services segment performs consulting services and implementations. Its Training segment provides training classes, by which the Company trains its customers to use its software products. Its maintenance segment provides software updates, telephone and e-mail support.

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.

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