ARI Network Services (NASDAQ: ARIS) and Sykes Enterprises, (NASDAQ:SYKE) are both small-cap it services & consulting – nec companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares ARI Network Services and Sykes Enterprises,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ARI Network Services 11.55% 18.27% 9.56%
Sykes Enterprises, 4.36% 11.21% 6.65%

Risk & Volatility

ARI Network Services has a beta of -1.88, indicating that its stock price is 288% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sykes Enterprises, has a beta of 0.85, indicating that its stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for ARI Network Services and Sykes Enterprises,, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ARI Network Services 1 1 0 0 1.50
Sykes Enterprises, 0 1 2 0 2.67

Sykes Enterprises, has a consensus price target of $33.67, suggesting a potential upside of 17.06%. Given Sykes Enterprises,’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Sykes Enterprises, is more favorable than ARI Network Services.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

36.1% of ARI Network Services shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.4% of Sykes Enterprises, shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.7% of ARI Network Services shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.7% of Sykes Enterprises, shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ARI Network Services and Sykes Enterprises,’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ARI Network Services N/A N/A N/A $0.14 50.64
Sykes Enterprises, $1.46 billion 0.84 $62.39 million $1.59 18.09

Sykes Enterprises, has higher revenue and earnings than ARI Network Services. Sykes Enterprises, is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ARI Network Services, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Sykes Enterprises, beats ARI Network Services on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ARI Network Services

ARI Network Services, Inc. (ARI) provides Website, software and data solutions. The Company’s solutions include Lead Generation and eCommerce Websites, eCatalogs, Business Management Software, Digital Marketing Services. It offers a menu of Website add-ons, including a mobile inventory management application, third-party inventory integrations and business management integrations. Its eCatalog solutions offer access to its library of electronic product content through a suite of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and data-as-a-service (DaaS) solutions. Its Business Management Software solutions are offered in the automotive tire and wheel aftermarket (ATW) aftermarket under the TCS Technologies, an ARI Company brand name. ARI’s Digital Marketing Services include search engine optimization, e-mail marketing, search engine marketing (PPC), online reputation management and online directory management. The Company’s other solutions include software, professional services and hosting services.

About Sykes Enterprises,

Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated is engaged in providing outsourced customer contact management solutions and services in the business process outsourcing (BPO) arena on a global basis. The Company has operations in two segments: the Americas, which includes the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia and the Asia Pacific Rim, and EMEA, which includes Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Company provides its service to clients from its locations in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia, the Asia Pacific Rim, Europe and Africa. It serves a range of clients, including medium-sized businesses and public institutions, which span the communications, financial services, technology/consumer, transportation and leisure, healthcare and other industries. Its Americas and EMEA groups primarily provide customer engagement services. The Company’s outsourced customer contact management services include customer care, technical support and customer acquisition.

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