VASCO Data Security International (NASDAQ: VDSI) and Perficient (NASDAQ:PRFT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for VASCO Data Security International and Perficient, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
VASCO Data Security International 0 0 2 0 3.00
Perficient 0 0 2 0 3.00

VASCO Data Security International presently has a consensus target price of $17.00, indicating a potential upside of 30.27%. Perficient has a consensus target price of $21.50, indicating a potential upside of 11.98%. Given VASCO Data Security International’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe VASCO Data Security International is more favorable than Perficient.

Risk and Volatility

VASCO Data Security International has a beta of 1.26, indicating that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Perficient has a beta of 0.83, indicating that its share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares VASCO Data Security International and Perficient’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
VASCO Data Security International $192.30 million 2.73 $10.51 million $0.21 62.15
Perficient $486.98 million 1.38 $20.45 million $0.47 40.85

Perficient has higher revenue and earnings than VASCO Data Security International. Perficient is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than VASCO Data Security International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares VASCO Data Security International and Perficient’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
VASCO Data Security International 4.53% 6.25% 4.93%
Perficient 3.36% 8.05% 6.15%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

52.3% of VASCO Data Security International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.7% of Perficient shares are owned by institutional investors. 25.4% of VASCO Data Security International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.7% of Perficient shares are owned 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.

About VASCO Data Security International

VASCO Data Security International, Inc. designs, develops and markets digital solutions for identity, security and business productivity that protect and facilitate transactions online, via mobile devices, and in-person. The Company provides anti-fraud and digital transaction management solutions to financial institutions and other businesses. Its solutions secure access to data, assets, and applications for global enterprises; provide tools for application developers to easily integrate security functions into their Web-based and mobile applications, and facilitate digital transactions involving the signing, sending, and managing of documents. It also provides tools for application developers to integrate security functions into their Web-based and mobile applications. It facilitates digital transactions involving the signing, sending and managing of documents. Its security solutions include both open standards-based and solutions.

About Perficient

Perficient, Inc. is an information technology and management consulting firm. The Company’s solutions include business intelligence and analytics, commerce, content management, custom applications, platform implementations, portals and collaboration, business integration and application program interfaces, management consulting, business process management, and customer relationship management, among others. It provides services to the healthcare (pharma and life sciences), financial services (banking and insurance), retail and consumer goods, automotive and transport products, electronics and computer hardware, telecommunications, manufacturing, business services, and leisure, and media and entertainment markets, among others.

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