Tangoe (NASDAQ: TNGO) and IDI (NASDAQ:COGT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Tangoe has a beta of 1.04, suggesting that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IDI has a beta of 0.35, suggesting that its share price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Tangoe and IDI’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tangoe -7.96% -9.86% -7.97%
IDI -22.97% -13.76% -9.73%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Tangoe and IDI’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tangoe N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
IDI $210.16 million 1.29 -$14.55 million ($0.89) -5.51

Tangoe has higher revenue, but lower earnings than IDI.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Tangoe and IDI, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tangoe 0 1 0 0 2.00
IDI 0 0 3 0 3.00

Tangoe currently has a consensus price target of $6.50, indicating a potential upside of 2.36%. IDI has a consensus price target of $9.17, indicating a potential upside of 87.07%. Given IDI’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe IDI is more favorable than Tangoe.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

59.2% of Tangoe shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.8% of IDI shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.0% of Tangoe shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 53.3% of IDI 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.

About Tangoe

Tangoe, Inc. is a provider of information technology (IT) and Telecom Expense Management (TEM) software and related services. The Company offers its services to a range of global enterprises and service providers. Its products and solutions include mobility, telecom, cloud, IT expense, strategic consulting and mobility as a service (MaaS). Its mobility solution includes expense management; procurement, logistics and activation; usage management; enterprise mobility; mobile support, and financial management. Its IT expense solution includes expense management, inventory and asset management, usage management and financial management. Its enterprise mobility and IT consulting services include strategic sourcing; strategy assessment, planning, and policy development, and implementation and transition support. The Company offers contract sourcing, strategy and policy consulting, service maturity assessment, global services benchmarking and lifecycle advisory, among others.

About IDI

IDI, Inc., formerly Tiger Media, Inc., is a data and analytics company providing information and marketing solutions to businesses in a range of industries. The Company operates through two segments: Information Services and Performance Marketing. The Company serves the risk management and the consumer marketing industries through its consolidated subsidiaries, Interactive Data, LLC and Fluent, LLC, respectively. Interactive Data, LLC provides information solutions to a set of industries, including insurance, healthcare, corporate risk, law enforcement, government, collections, retail and legal. Fluent provides people-based, digital marketing solutions to consumer brands and direct marketers utilizing Fluent’s audience data and technology. The products within Information Services segment include idiCORE, idiBASIC, idiVERIFIED, Batch Processing, Hosted Customer Acquisition and Audience Now. Products within the Performance Marketing segment include LiveConnect and Display Advertising.

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