VASCO Data Security International (NASDAQ: VDSI) and Manhattan Associates (NASDAQ:MANH) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares VASCO Data Security International and Manhattan Associates’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
VASCO Data Security International 3.45% 6.06% 4.81%
Manhattan Associates 20.55% 75.58% 42.21%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares VASCO Data Security International and Manhattan Associates’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
VASCO Data Security International $178.90 million 2.71 $7.35 million $0.15 81.33
Manhattan Associates $597.44 million 4.87 $202.15 million $1.74 24.26

Manhattan Associates has higher revenue and earnings than VASCO Data Security International. Manhattan Associates is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than VASCO Data Security International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

51.6% of VASCO Data Security International shares are held by institutional investors. 25.9% of VASCO Data Security International shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Manhattan Associates shares are held 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for VASCO Data Security International and Manhattan Associates, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
VASCO Data Security International 0 1 2 0 2.67
Manhattan Associates 0 3 1 0 2.25

VASCO Data Security International currently has a consensus target price of $17.00, indicating a potential upside of 39.34%. Manhattan Associates has a consensus target price of $61.67, indicating a potential upside of 46.06%. Given Manhattan Associates’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Manhattan Associates is more favorable than VASCO Data Security International.

Risk and Volatility

VASCO Data Security International has a beta of 1.4, meaning that its share price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Manhattan Associates has a beta of 1.16, meaning that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Manhattan Associates beats VASCO Data Security International on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About VASCO Data Security International

VASCO Data Security International, Inc. designs, develops and markets digital solutions for identity, security and business productivity that protect and facilitate transactions online, via mobile devices, and in-person. The Company provides anti-fraud and digital transaction management solutions to financial institutions and other businesses. Its solutions secure access to data, assets, and applications for global enterprises; provide tools for application developers to easily integrate security functions into their Web-based and mobile applications, and facilitate digital transactions involving the signing, sending, and managing of documents. It also provides tools for application developers to integrate security functions into their Web-based and mobile applications. It facilitates digital transactions involving the signing, sending and managing of documents. Its security solutions include both open standards-based and solutions.

About Manhattan Associates

Manhattan Associates, Inc. (Manhattan) is a developer and provider of supply chain commerce solutions. The Company operates through three geographical segments: the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and the Asia Pacific (APAC). It is engaged in developing, selling, deploying, servicing and maintaining software solutions designed to manage supply chains, inventory and omni-channel operations for retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, logistics providers and other organizations. Its solutions consist of software, services and hardware, which coordinate people, workflows, assets, events and tasks across the functions linked in a supply chain from planning through execution. Its supply chain solutions consist of three components: Distribution Management, Transportation Management and Visibility. Its Omni-Channel Solutions include Omni-Channel Central Solutions and Omni-Channel Local Solutions. Its Inventory solutions include Inventory Optimization and Planning.

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