China Information Technology (NASDAQ: CNIT) and G4S (OTCMKTS:GFSZY) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

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G4S pays an annual dividend of $0.53 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. China Information Technology does not pay a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares China Information Technology and G4S’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
China Information Technology $10.19 million 7.78 -$18.17 million N/A N/A
G4S $10.29 billion 0.53 $268.34 million N/A N/A

G4S has higher revenue and earnings than China Information Technology.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

1.6% of China Information Technology shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of G4S shares are held by institutional investors. 45.4% of China Information Technology shares are held by company 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.

Profitability

This table compares China Information Technology and G4S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Information Technology N/A N/A N/A
G4S N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for China Information Technology and G4S, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Information Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A
G4S 0 1 4 0 2.80

G4S has a consensus target price of $22.00, suggesting a potential upside of 25.64%. Given G4S’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe G4S is more favorable than China Information Technology.

Volatility & Risk

China Information Technology has a beta of 2.61, suggesting that its share price is 161% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, G4S has a beta of 1.28, suggesting that its share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

G4S beats China Information Technology on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

China Information Technology Company Profile

China Information Technology, Inc (CNIT) is a leading Internet service company that provides integrated cloud-based solutions enabling innovation and smart living in the fields of new media, elevator safety management, education, etc. Through continuous innovation, CNIT is aiming to leverage its proprietary Cloud-Application-Terminal technology to level the competitive landscape in the new media industry and deliver value for its shareholders, employees, customers, and the community.

G4S Company Profile

G4S plc, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of security and related services in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, and North America. The company offers integrated solutions, including analytics and intelligence, technology and software, consulting and risk management, monitoring and response, and manned and mobile security, as well as design, built, and integration systems. In addition, the company offers cash solutions, such as outsourcing cash management services; consultancy services to central banks and commercial banks on overall cash management strategy and cash cycle efficiency; managing ATMs; cash management services; and secure transportation of cash. Further, G4S plc provides specialist outsourced services, and security systems and technology services. It serves government, private energy and utilities, oil and gas, transportation and logistics, ports and airports, leisure and tourism, financial institutions, mining and metals, corporate and industrial, and retail sectors. G4S plc was founded in 1901 and is based in London, United Kingdom.

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