Marchex (NASDAQ: MCHX) and Sizmek (NASDAQ:SZMK) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Marchex and Sizmek, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marchex 0 1 0 0 2.00
Sizmek 0 0 0 0 N/A

Marchex presently has a consensus target price of $3.00, suggesting a potential downside of 6.25%. Given Marchex’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Marchex is more favorable than Sizmek.

Profitability

This table compares Marchex and Sizmek’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marchex -15.53% -10.65% -9.44%
Sizmek -2.13% -3.56% -2.52%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Marchex and Sizmek’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Marchex $105.54 million 1.30 -$12.35 million ($0.39) -8.21
Sizmek N/A N/A N/A ($4.29) -0.91

Sizmek has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Marchex. Marchex is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Sizmek, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Marchex has a beta of 1.11, suggesting that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sizmek has a beta of 1.27, suggesting that its share price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

49.7% of Marchex shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 41.6% of Sizmek shares are held by institutional investors. 27.4% of Marchex shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.0% of Sizmek shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Marchex beats Sizmek on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Marchex

Marchex, Inc. is a mobile advertising analytics company. The Company offers products and services for enterprises that depend on consumer phone calls to drive sales. Its media analytics products can provide actionable intelligence on media channels advertisers use to acquire customers over the phone. Its Marchex Omnichannel Analytics Cloud helps marketers connect customer conversions driven from paid media channels, including search, display and video, social and sites, to phone calls made to a business. Its product offerings include Marchex Call Analytics, Marchex Search Analytics, Marchex Display and Video Analytics, Marchex Social Analytics, Marchex Call Marketplace and Local Leads. Its Local Leads platform is a white-labeled, full service advertising solution for small business resellers, such as Yellow Pages providers and vertical marketing service providers, to sell call advertising, search marketing and other lead generation products.

About Sizmek

Sizmek Inc. (Sizmek) is an open ad management company. The Company operates an independent online advertisement campaign management and distribution platform. The Company helps advertisers, agencies and publishers engage with consumers across multiple online media channels (mobile, display, video and social). It connects approximately 19,000 advertisers and 3,700 agencies to audiences in over 60 countries. Its online campaign management platform, Sizmek MDX, helps advertisers, agencies and publishers in managing their advertising budgets across multiple online media channels and formats, such as desktop, mobile, rich media, social media, in-stream video, interactive video, display and search. The Sizmek MDX platform provides its customers with an end-to-end solution in planning, creative, delivery, measurement and optimization of online media campaigns. Its solutions are delivered through a technology platform that allows delivery of global online media advertising campaigns.

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