Wix.com (NASDAQ: WIX) and Verisign (NASDAQ:VRSN) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Wix.com and Verisign, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Wix.com 0 6 9 0 2.60
Verisign 0 3 0 0 2.00

Wix.com currently has a consensus price target of $77.46, suggesting a potential upside of 27.30%. Verisign has a consensus price target of $106.33, suggesting a potential downside of 8.34%. Given Wix.com’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Wix.com is more favorable than Verisign.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Wix.com and Verisign’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Wix.com $290.10 million 9.54 -$46.89 million ($1.24) -49.07
Verisign $1.14 billion 10.01 $440.64 million $3.70 31.35

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

Profitability

This table compares Wix.com and Verisign’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Wix.com -14.27% -33,346.88% -19.15%
Verisign 39.79% -36.88% 17.95%

Risk & Volatility

Wix.com has a beta of 2.25, indicating that its stock price is 125% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Verisign has a beta of 1.03, indicating that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

79.2% of Wix.com shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Verisign shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Verisign beats Wix.com on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Wix.com Company Profile

Wix.com Ltd. (Wix) is a Web development platform enabling businesses and organizations to take businesses, brands and workflow online. The Company provides solutions that business owners can use to operate various aspects of their business online, such as selling goods, taking reservations, and scheduling and confirming appointments. These applications provide Wix registered users a bespoke front-end for customers visiting their Website, as well as a back-end management dashboard. The Company has developed these software applications for businesses in specific verticals, including retail and online stores, service providers, hotel and property management, music and restaurants. These vertical applications are integrated into the Company’s Website templates or can be installed on any existing Website and set up by the user and without the need to write code.

Verisign Company Profile

VeriSign, Inc. is a provider of domain name registry services and Internet security. The Company operates through Registry Services and Security Services segment. Registry Services ensure the security, stability and resiliency of Internet infrastructure and services, including the .com and .net domains, and operation of the root-zone maintainer functions for the core of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). Security Services provides infrastructure assurance services consisting of Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) Protection Services and Managed DNS Services. DDoS Protection Services supports online business continuity by providing monitoring and mitigation services against DDoS attacks. Managed DNS Services is a hosting service that delivers DNS resolution for the availability of Web-based systems.

Receive News & Stock Ratings for Wix.com Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Wix.com and related stocks with our FREE daily email newsletter.