Diebold, (NYSE: DBD) and Crossroads Systems (NASDAQ:CRDS) 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, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Diebold, and Crossroads Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Diebold, $4.46 billion 0.34 $243.00 million ($3.67) -5.52
Crossroads Systems N/A N/A N/A ($1.07) -1.78

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

7.5% of Crossroads Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Diebold, shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 27.4% of Crossroads Systems shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Diebold, has a beta of 2, suggesting that its stock price is 100% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crossroads Systems has a beta of 2.75, suggesting that its stock price is 175% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Diebold, pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Crossroads Systems does not pay a dividend. Diebold, pays out -10.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Diebold, and Crossroads Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Diebold, 0 3 4 0 2.57
Crossroads Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Diebold, currently has a consensus target price of $31.75, suggesting a potential upside of 56.79%. Given Diebold,’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Diebold, is more favorable than Crossroads Systems.

Profitability

This table compares Diebold, and Crossroads Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Diebold, -6.04% 7.25% 1.12%
Crossroads Systems -518.75% -22.99% -7.88%

Summary

Diebold, beats Crossroads Systems on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Diebold, Company Profile

Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated provides connected commerce services, software and technology. The Company’s geographic segments include North America (NA), Asia Pacific (AP), Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Latin America (LA). These segments sell and service financial self-service (FSS), retail solutions and security systems. The Company is engaged in providing connected commerce solutions to financial institutions. These solutions are supported by a field service organization. The Company provides security solutions, which combine a services portfolio and products to help address its customers’ needs. The Company provides services for a portfolio of physical security offerings, in addition to serving as a national locksmith. The Company provides voting machines for official elections and the terminals for the governmental lottery and correspondent bank.

Crossroads Systems Company Profile

Crossroads Systems, Inc. is an intellectual property licensing company. The Company’s intellectual property assets are identified in two distinct categories: the first category is known as the 972 patent family and the second category is known as the non-972 patents. As of October 31, 2016, the 972 patent family consisted of 31 patents and pending patents that are primarily concentrated around access controls. As of October 31, 2016, the non-972 patents consisted of 140 patents and pending patents that are primarily directed to five product families: optimizing command processing, enabling interoperability, managing networks, enhancing tape libraries and improving data systems. As of October 31, 2016, approximately 50 companies have licensed 972 patents from the Company. The Company’s subsidiaries include Crossroads Systems (Texas), Inc. and Crossroads Europe GmbH.

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