Synacor (NASDAQ: SYNC) and Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE:SAIC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

Synacor has a beta of 0.84, meaning that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Science Applications International Corporation has a beta of 1.6, meaning that its share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Science Applications International Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Synacor does not pay a dividend. Science Applications International Corporation pays out 34.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Synacor and Science Applications International Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Synacor 0 2 3 0 2.60
Science Applications International Corporation 0 5 3 0 2.38

Synacor presently has a consensus price target of $5.25, suggesting a potential upside of 118.75%. Science Applications International Corporation has a consensus price target of $80.63, suggesting a potential upside of 13.75%. Given Synacor’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Synacor is more favorable than Science Applications International Corporation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Synacor and Science Applications International Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Synacor $124.39 million 0.75 -$4.34 million ($0.51) -4.71
Science Applications International Corporation $4.32 billion 0.71 $304.00 million $3.58 19.80

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

Profitability

This table compares Synacor and Science Applications International Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Synacor -13.14% -39.21% -18.35%
Science Applications International Corporation 3.77% 48.69% 8.12%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

28.1% of Synacor shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.5% of Science Applications International Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 24.7% of Synacor shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% of Science Applications International Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Science Applications International Corporation beats Synacor on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Synacor Company Profile

Synacor, Inc. is a technology development, multiplatform services and revenue partner for video, Internet and communications providers, device manufacturers and enterprises. The Company enables its customers to provide their consumers engaging, multiscreen experiences with products that require scale, actionable data and implementation. Through its Managed Portals and Advertising solutions, the Company enables its customers to earn revenue by monetizing media among their consumers. Its Managed Portals are delivered across devices and under its customers’ own brand names. The Company delivers content, such as top news, entertainment, and long- and short-form video and applications, on its Managed Portals. In addition, consumers have the ability through portals to manage their e-mail and messaging, pay bills, receive special promotions and perform other account management needs.

Science Applications International Corporation Company Profile

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) is a provider of technical, engineering and enterprise information technology (IT) services. The Company provides its services primarily to the United States Government, including the Department of Defense (DoD), the intelligence community and federal civilian agencies. The Company provides engineering, systems integration and information technology offerings for government projects, and offers a range of services with a targeted emphasis on higher-end, differentiated technology services. The Company’s offerings include engineering; technology and equipment platform integration; maintenance of ground and maritime systems; logistics; training and simulation; operation and program support services, and end-to-end services spanning the design, development, integration, deployment, management and operations, sustainment and security of its customers’ entire IT infrastructure.

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