Research Solutions (OTCMKTS:RSSS) and Qiwi (NASDAQ:QIWI) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

28.6% of Qiwi shares are held by institutional investors. 30.3% of Research Solutions shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Research Solutions and Qiwi, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Research Solutions 0 0 0 0 N/A
Qiwi 0 1 2 0 2.67

Qiwi has a consensus price target of $23.50, suggesting a potential upside of 15.48%. Given Qiwi’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Qiwi is more favorable than Research Solutions.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Research Solutions and Qiwi’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Research Solutions $28.79 million 2.80 -$960,000.00 N/A N/A
Qiwi $441.00 million 2.81 $56.99 million $0.96 21.20

Qiwi has higher revenue and earnings than Research Solutions.

Profitability

This table compares Research Solutions and Qiwi’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Research Solutions -2.94% -35.67% -10.18%
Qiwi 13.53% 23.70% 9.02%

Volatility & Risk

Research Solutions has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Qiwi has a beta of 1.05, indicating that its share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Qiwi beats Research Solutions on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Research Solutions Company Profile

Research Solutions, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides annual licenses that allow customers to access and utilize features of cloud based software-as-a-service research intelligence platform. The company is also involved in the transactional sale of published scientific, technical, and medical content managed, sourced, and delivered through the Transactions platform. Its solutions enable life science and other research intensive organizations to speed up research and development activities with single sourced access and management of content and data used in the intellectual property development lifecycle. The company was formerly known as Derycz Scientific, Inc. and changed its name to Research Solutions, Inc. in March 2013. Research Solutions, Inc. was incorporated in 2006 and is based in Encino, California.

Qiwi Company Profile

Qiwi plc, together with its subsidiaries, operates electronic online payment systems primarily in the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Belarus, Romania, the United Arab Emirates, and internationally. The company offers payment services across online, mobile, and physical channels through a network of approximately 109,000 kiosks and 43,000 terminals that run its proprietary software. It also provides Qiwi Wallet, which is an online and mobile payment processing, and money transfer system that allows customers to pay for the products and services of merchants, as well as perform peer-to-peer money transfers through a virtual wallet; and Visa-branded prepaid cards. In addition, the company offers payment-by installments card systems under the SOVEST brand name; and value added services. Qiwi plc was incorporated in 2007 and is based in Nicosia, Cyprus.

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