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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Nice Systems and Evolving Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nice Systems 0 5 3 0 2.38
Evolving Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Nice Systems currently has a consensus price target of $80.43, indicating a potential upside of 1.16%. Given Nice Systems’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Nice Systems is more favorable than Evolving Systems.

Dividends

Nice Systems pays an annual dividend of $0.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Evolving Systems does not pay a dividend. Nice Systems pays out 16.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Nice Systems has a beta of 0.9, suggesting that its stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Evolving Systems has a beta of 0.3, suggesting that its stock price is 70% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Nice Systems and Evolving Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nice Systems $1.18 billion 4.06 $250.82 million $1.54 51.63
Evolving Systems $24.32 million 2.34 $7.79 million $0.36 12.64

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

Profitability

This table compares Nice Systems and Evolving Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nice Systems 7.99% 11.14% 6.91%
Evolving Systems 17.69% 15.73% 10.69%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

43.8% of Nice Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.5% of Evolving Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 0.0% of Nice Systems shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.2% of Evolving Systems shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Nice Systems beats Evolving Systems on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Nice Systems Company Profile

NICE Ltd., formerly NICE-Systems Ltd., is a global enterprise software provider. The Company’s segments include Customer Interactions Solutions, and Financial Crime and Compliance Solutions. The Customer Interactions Solutions segment provides data driven insights that enable businesses to deliver personalized experience to customers. The Financial Crime and Compliance Solutions segment provides real time and cross-channel fraud prevention, anti-money laundering, brokerage compliance and enterprise-wide case management. The Company serves contact centers, back office operations and retail branches, covering various industries, including communications, banking, insurance, healthcare, business processes outsourcing (BPO), government, utilities, travel and entertainment. Its Multi-Channel Recording and Interaction Management enables organizations to capture structured and unstructured customer interaction and transaction data from multiple channels.

Evolving Systems Company Profile

Evolving Systems, Inc. is a provider of software solutions for service enablement, on-device activation and management of services for connected devices for network operators. The Company operates in two segments: license fees and services revenue, and customer support revenue. Its service activation solution, Tertio is used to activate voice, video and data services for wireless, wireline and cable network operators. Its Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card activation solution, Dynamic SIM Allocation is used to allocate and assign resources to Mobile Network Operators devices that rely on SIM cards. Its Mobile Data Enablement solution provides a data consumption and policy management solution for wireless carriers and Mobile Virtual Network Operators that monitor the usage and consumption of data services. Its Total Number Management product is an automated database solution that enables operators to manage their telephone numbers, as well as other communication identifiers.

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