Cimpress NV (NASDAQ: CMPR) and ARC Document Solutions (NYSE:ARC) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Volatility & Risk

Cimpress NV has a beta of 0.13, indicating that its share price is 87% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ARC Document Solutions has a beta of 2.52, indicating that its share price is 152% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Cimpress NV and ARC Document Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cimpress NV 0 5 0 0 2.00
ARC Document Solutions 0 0 1 1 3.50

Cimpress NV presently has a consensus target price of $84.80, indicating a potential downside of 9.56%. ARC Document Solutions has a consensus target price of $5.25, indicating a potential upside of 43.84%. Given ARC Document Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe ARC Document Solutions is more favorable than Cimpress NV.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cimpress NV and ARC Document Solutions’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cimpress NV $2.14 billion 1.37 $126.25 million ($2.34) -40.07
ARC Document Solutions $400.01 million 0.42 $56.98 million $0.24 15.21

Cimpress NV has higher revenue and earnings than ARC Document Solutions. Cimpress NV is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ARC Document Solutions, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Cimpress NV and ARC Document Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cimpress NV -6.12% -174.64% -8.34%
ARC Document Solutions 2.72% 7.00% 2.91%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

88.4% of Cimpress NV shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.7% of ARC Document Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.5% of Cimpress NV shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 14.9% of ARC Document Solutions shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

ARC Document Solutions beats Cimpress NV on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cimpress NV Company Profile

Cimpress N.V., formerly Vistaprint N.V., is a technology driven company, which aggregates through the Internet, large volumes of small, individually customized orders for a spectrum of print, signage, apparel and similar products. The Company operates through segments, which include Vistaprint business unit, Upload and Print business units and All Other business units. The Vistaprint business unit segment represents its Vistaprint-branded Websites and its Webs-branded business. The Vistaprint business unit also sells standard business cards, and focuses on product categories, which include signage, marketing materials, and promotional products and apparel. The Upload and Print business units segment includes the druck.at, Exagroup, Easyflyer, Printdeal, Pixartprinting, Tradeprint, and WIRmachenDRUCK branded businesses. The All Other business units segment includes operations of its Albumprinter and Most of World business units and Corporate Solutions business unit.

ARC Document Solutions Company Profile

ARC Document Solutions, Inc. (ARC) is a document solutions provider for the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. The Company also provides document solutions to businesses of various types. ARC’s offerings include managed print services (MPS), offsite services, archive and information management (AIM), specialized color printing, Web-based document management applications, digital shipping/managed file transfer, and equipment and supplies sales. MPS is an onsite service where it installs a complete document solution platform in its customers’ offices and project sites. Its Offsite Services offering operates over 180 offsite service centers. AIM enables its customers to store information and intellectual property in a cloud-based and searchable digital archive. The Specialized Color Printing offering is focused on color printing, finishing and assembly of graphic materials. Its Web-Based Document Management Applications develop and offer tools to its customers.

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