VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN) and PFSweb (NASDAQ:PFSW) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for VeriSign and PFSweb, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
VeriSign 0 3 0 0 2.00
PFSweb 0 0 4 0 3.00

VeriSign presently has a consensus target price of $99.50, suggesting a potential downside of 8.12%. PFSweb has a consensus target price of $11.63, suggesting a potential upside of 40.74%. Given PFSweb’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe PFSweb is more favorable than VeriSign.

Profitability

This table compares VeriSign and PFSweb’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
VeriSign 39.92% -36.99% 18.95%
PFSweb -3.55% -1.71% -0.35%

Risk and Volatility

VeriSign has a beta of 1.19, meaning that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PFSweb has a beta of 0.86, meaning that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares VeriSign and PFSweb’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
VeriSign $1.15 billion 9.41 $747.69 million $3.67 29.51
PFSweb $282.62 million 0.55 $16.22 million ($0.65) -12.71

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

57.5% of PFSweb shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of VeriSign shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.1% of PFSweb shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

VeriSign beats PFSweb on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

VeriSign Company Profile

VeriSign, Inc. is a provider of domain name registry services and Internet security. The Company operates through Registry Services and Security Services segment. Registry Services ensure the security, stability and resiliency of Internet infrastructure and services, including the .com and .net domains, and operation of the root-zone maintainer functions for the core of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). Security Services provides infrastructure assurance services consisting of Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) Protection Services and Managed DNS Services. DDoS Protection Services supports online business continuity by providing monitoring and mitigation services against DDoS attacks. Managed DNS Services is a hosting service that delivers DNS resolution for the availability of Web-based systems.

PFSweb Company Profile

PFSWEB, Inc. is a global provider of omni-channel commerce solutions, including a range of technology, infrastructure and professional services. The Company’s service offerings include Website design, creation and integration, digital agency and marketing, e-commerce technologies, order management, customer care, logistics and fulfillment, financial management and professional consulting. It operates through two segments: PFSweb, and Business and Retail Connect. PFSweb is a global provider of various infrastructure, technology and digital agency solutions and operates as a service fee business. In the Business and Retail Connect segment, subsidiaries of the Company purchase inventory from clients and resell the inventory to client customers. Its solutions support direct-to-consumer (DTC), business-to-business (B2B) and retail sales channels. It markets its solutions as PFSweb’s End2End eCommerce solution.

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