Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) and Actua Corporation (NASDAQ:ACTA) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Unisys Corporation and Actua Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Unisys Corporation -3.81% -5.94% 4.32%
Actua Corporation 67.78% -5.42% -4.26%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Unisys Corporation and Actua Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Unisys Corporation $2.74 billion 0.15 $130.40 million ($2.06) -3.88
Actua Corporation $118.96 million 3.12 -$22.10 million $2.15 5.58

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Unisys Corporation and Actua Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Unisys Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50
Actua Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00

Unisys Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $15.00, indicating a potential upside of 87.50%. Actua Corporation has a consensus target price of $17.00, indicating a potential upside of 41.67%. Given Unisys Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Unisys Corporation is more favorable than Actua Corporation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

73.4% of Actua Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Unisys Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.2% of Actua Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Unisys Corporation has a beta of 1.96, indicating that its share price is 96% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Actua Corporation has a beta of 1.63, indicating that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Actua Corporation beats Unisys Corporation on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Unisys Corporation Company Profile

Unisys Corporation (Unisys) is an information technology (IT) company. The Company operates through two segments: Services and Technology. The Company offers services, which include cloud and infrastructure services, application services and business process outsourcing services. In technology segment, the Company designs and develops software, servers and related products. The Company provides a range of data center, infrastructure management and cloud computing offerings to help clients virtualize and automate their data-center environments. Its technology offerings include ClearPath Forward software operating system, the Unisys Stealth family of security software and industry-focused software such as Digital Investigator, middleware and servers. Unisys Stealth consists of six solutions: Stealth(core), Stealth(analytics), Stealth(aware), Stealth(cloud), Stealth(identity) and Stealth(mobile). Digital Investigator is a browser-based application for total information management.

Actua Corporation Company Profile

Actua Corporation, formerly ICG Group, Inc., is a multi-vertical cloud technology company. The Company operates through two segments, which include the vertical cloud segment and the vertical cloud (venture) segment. The Company’s vertical cloud-based businesses include Bolt Solutions Inc. (Bolt), Folio Dynamics Holdings Inc. (FolioDynamix), GovDelivery Holdings, Inc. (GovDelivery) and VelocityEHS Holdings, Inc. (VelocityEHS), which operate in the commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, wealth management, government communications and environmental, health and safety (EH&S) markets, respectively. The vertical cloud (venture) businesses include InstaMed Holdings, Inc. (InstaMed) and Parchment Inc. (Parchment), which operate a cloud-based healthcare payments network and an education credentials technology, respectively.

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