Amdocs (NASDAQ: PERI) and Perion Network Ltd Common Stock (NASDAQ:PERI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Amdocs and Perion Network Ltd Common Stock’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Amdocs 10.56% 15.00% 9.95%
Perion Network Ltd Common Stock -12.64% 11.97% 6.58%

Dividends

Amdocs pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Perion Network Ltd Common Stock does not pay a dividend. Amdocs pays out 28.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Amdocs has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Amdocs and Perion Network Ltd Common Stock, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Amdocs 0 3 4 0 2.57
Perion Network Ltd Common Stock 0 1 0 0 2.00

Amdocs presently has a consensus price target of $72.37, suggesting a potential upside of 10.70%. Perion Network Ltd Common Stock has a consensus price target of $0.75, suggesting a potential downside of 79.40%. Given Amdocs’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Amdocs is more favorable than Perion Network Ltd Common Stock.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Amdocs and Perion Network Ltd Common Stock’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Amdocs $3.87 billion 2.42 $436.82 million $3.55 18.41
Perion Network Ltd Common Stock $273.99 million 1.03 -$72.75 million $0.63 5.78

Amdocs has higher revenue and earnings than Perion Network Ltd Common Stock. Perion Network Ltd Common Stock is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Amdocs, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.2% of Amdocs shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 11.5% of Perion Network Ltd Common Stock shares are held by institutional investors. 15.4% of Amdocs shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Amdocs has a beta of 0.57, indicating that its stock price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Perion Network Ltd Common Stock has a beta of 1.5, indicating that its stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Amdocs beats Perion Network Ltd Common Stock on 15 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Amdocs

Amdocs Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides software and services solutions to the communications, entertainment, pay TV, and media industry service providers worldwide. The company offers customer experience and monetization solutions that allow its customers to contextual and personalize interactions. It also provides operational support systems for fixed line, broadband, wireless, and cable TV networks; and network optimization suite to plan, build, launch, manage, and optimize mobile networks. In addition, the company offers network functions virtualization standards-based software solutions to virtualize network services; intelligence and real-time data products; and enterprise and B2B service to small and medium-sized business and enterprise customers. Further, it provides Internet of things monetization and connected home platforms to support connected devices, a cloud-based environment to offer integrated home services, and a solution that allows enterprises to purchase connectivity from service providers in a wholesale mode; and over-the-top and entertainment products. Additionally, the company offers mobile financial services, and big data analytics products; and entertainment and media solutions that enable the management of media and advertising selling, fulfillment, operations, advertiser and consumer experience, and financial processes in digital and print media, as well as Amdocs Optima, a converged multi-tenant digital customer management and commerce platform. It also provides thought leadership and advisory, systems integration, transformation, managed, order gateway, testing, revenue guard, and network services, as well as digital business operations for order to activation. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Chesterfield, Missouri.

About Perion Network Ltd Common Stock

Perion Network Ltd., a technology company, delivers advertising solutions to brands, agencies, and publishers in North America, Europe, and internationally. The company develops digital advertising solutions to capture consumer attention and drive engagement, as well as delivers ads across a portfolio of Websites and mobile applications. Its proprietary social marketing platform offers a dashboard for marketers that make media buying efficient on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social networks and platforms. The company's platform allows advertisers to control their marketing expenditures, in-house planning and strategy, and utilize the technical tool to create operational marketing efficiencies. In addition, it provides search-based monetization solutions for publishers with analytics capabilities to track and monitor their business performance; toolbar platform, which allows publishers to create, implement, and distribute Web browser toolbars, as well as through consumer products; Smilebox, a photo sharing and social expression product; and IncrediMail a messaging application that enables consumers to manage various email accounts in one place. The company was formerly known as IncrediMail Ltd. and changed its name to Perion Network Ltd. in November 2011. Perion Network Ltd. was incorporated in 1999 and is headquartered in Holon, Israel.

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