CIBER (NYSE: CBR) and Quadrant 4 System Corp (OTCMKTS:QFOR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares CIBER and Quadrant 4 System Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CIBER -13.02% -44.45% -21.80%
Quadrant 4 System Corp -0.47% -1.87% -0.68%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

54.4% of CIBER shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.2% of CIBER shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CIBER and Quadrant 4 System Corp’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CIBER N/A N/A N/A ($2.10) -0.15
Quadrant 4 System Corp $54.82 million 0.01 $5.99 million ($0.01) -0.49

Quadrant 4 System Corp has higher revenue and earnings than CIBER. Quadrant 4 System Corp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CIBER, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

CIBER has a beta of 1.41, suggesting that its stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quadrant 4 System Corp has a beta of -2.35, suggesting that its stock price is 335% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for CIBER and Quadrant 4 System Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CIBER 1 1 0 0 1.50
Quadrant 4 System Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

CIBER currently has a consensus target price of $0.65, suggesting a potential upside of 109.68%. Given CIBER’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe CIBER is more favorable than Quadrant 4 System Corp.

Summary

Quadrant 4 System Corp beats CIBER on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

CIBER Company Profile

Ciber, Inc. (Ciber) is a global information technology (IT) services company. The Company operates in two segments: North America and International. Its Ciber International segment primarily consists of countries in Western Europe and the Nordic region. Its North America segment is organized into service offerings, which include Independent Software Vendor Relationships (ISV)/Channel Partner Platforms, Managed Services, Business Consulting, Application Development and Management (ADM)/Staffing, and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). It provides project management, application and technical consulting, and database administration for both implementation projects and managed-services engagements. It also provides a solution, Ciber Compliance Suite, which helps SAP customers monitor the usage of their SAP systems. Its business consulting offering helps clients manage their business by offering expertise in IT strategy, enterprise architecture and vertical business processes.

Quadrant 4 System Corp Company Profile

Quadrant 4 System Corporation (Quadrant 4) is engaged in providing cloud-based platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) products to the health insurance, media and education verticals. The Company operates through two business segments: Services and Platforms (PaaS/SaaS). The Company’s core platforms include QHIX/QBIX, a cloud-based health insurance exchange and benefits management platform; QBLITZ, a cloud-based digital media platform, and QEDX, a cloud-based education platform for K-12 students each of which incorporates the Company’s Social Media, Mobility, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) technologies. Its services include consulting, application life cycle management, enterprise applications and data management, mobility applications and business analytics. It offers solutions to the healthcare, media and education industries. QHIX helps its clients engage consumers differently using SMAC operating through a Cloud environment.

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