Science Applications International (NYSE:SAIC) and IonQ (NYSE:IONQ) Critical Comparison

IonQ (NYSE:IONQ) and Science Applications International (NYSE:SAIC) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.


This table compares IonQ and Science Applications International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IonQ N/A N/A N/A
Science Applications International 4.04% 27.12% 7.44%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares IonQ and Science Applications International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IonQ N/A N/A -$16.22 million N/A N/A
Science Applications International $7.06 billion 0.72 $209.00 million $5.06 17.60

Science Applications International has higher revenue and earnings than IonQ.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for IonQ and Science Applications International, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IonQ 0 1 2 0 2.67
Science Applications International 1 3 4 0 2.38

IonQ currently has a consensus target price of $25.33, indicating a potential upside of 95.93%. Science Applications International has a consensus target price of $94.38, indicating a potential upside of 5.98%. Given IonQ’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe IonQ is more favorable than Science Applications International.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

39.1% of IonQ shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.2% of Science Applications International shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Science Applications International shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Science Applications International beats IonQ on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

IonQ Company Profile

IonQ Inc. provides quantum system through the cloud on Amazon Braket, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, as well as through direct API access. IonQ Inc., formerly known as dMY Technology Group Inc. III., is based in COLLEGE PARK, Md.

Science Applications International Company Profile

Science Applications International Corp. is a provider of technical, engineering and enterprise information technology (IT) services primarily to the U.S. government. Its offerings include: engineering; technology integration; maintenance of ground and maritime systems; logistics; training and simulation; operation and program support services; and end-to-end services spanning the design, development, integration, deployment, management and operations, sustainment and security of its customers’ entire IT infrastructure. The firm’s key customers include Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Defense Logistics Agency, Intelligence Community, DOD Combatant Commands, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. The company was founded by J. Robert Beyster in 1969 and is headquartered in Reston, VA.

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