Connecture (NASDAQ: CNXR) and Yirendai (NYSE:YRD) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Connecture and Yirendai, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Connecture 0 0 0 0 N/A
Yirendai 1 0 1 0 2.00

Yirendai has a consensus target price of $29.00, suggesting a potential downside of 29.73%. Given Yirendai’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Yirendai is more favorable than Connecture.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Connecture and Yirendai’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Connecture $81.89 million 0.05 -$26.53 million ($0.80) -0.21
Yirendai $466.37 million 5.29 $160.79 million $3.26 12.66

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

Dividends

Yirendai pays an annual dividend of $1.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Connecture does not pay a dividend. Yirendai pays out 45.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

38.8% of Connecture shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.8% of Yirendai shares are held by institutional investors. 58.1% of Connecture shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 42.2% of Yirendai shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Connecture and Yirendai’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Connecture -21.91% N/A -20.45%
Yirendai 32.37% 80.79% 36.20%

Summary

Yirendai beats Connecture on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Connecture

Connecture, Inc. provides a Web-based consumer shopping, enrollment and retention platform for health insurance distribution. The Company caters its services to health insurance marketplace operators, such as health plans, brokers and exchange operators. It operates through four segments: Enterprise/Commercial, Enterprise/State, Medicare and Private Exchange. The Enterprise/Commercial segment offers insurance distribution solutions to health plans. The Enterprise/State segment offers the sales automation solutions to state Governments, which allow its customers to offer customized individual and small group exchanges. The Medicare segment offers Web-based Medicare plan comparison, prescription drug comparison and enrollment tools for health plans, pharmacy benefit managers, pharmacies, field marketing organizations and call centers. The Private Exchange segment offers defined-contribution benefit exchange solutions to benefit consultants, brokers, exchange operators and aggregators.

About Yirendai

Yirendai Ltd. is engaged in online consumer finance marketplace business in China. The Company conducts its business in China, through Yi Ren Heng Ye Technology Development (Beijing) Co., Ltd. (Heng Ye) and its consolidated variable interest entity, Heng Cheng Technology Development (Beijing) Co., Ltd. (Heng Cheng). Heng Cheng operates its Website, www.yirendai.com, and has an Internet content provider (ICP) license as an Internet information provider. Its online marketplace facilitates standard loan products, express loan products and vertical loan products to borrowers. Uses for these loan products include home remodels, durable good purchases, travel and continuing education. Its online marketplace provides investors with various investing tools, such as automated investing tool and self-directed investing tool. It maintains a secondary loan market on its marketplace where investors can transfer the loans they hold prior to maturity at the fair value of the remaining loans.

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