Financial Review: Isign Solutions (ISGN) versus CA (CA)

Isign Solutions (OTCMKTS:ISGN) and CA (NASDAQ:CA) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Isign Solutions and CA, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Isign Solutions 0 0 0 0 N/A
CA 0 9 0 0 2.00

CA has a consensus target price of $37.21, indicating a potential downside of 15.75%. Given CA’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe CA is more favorable than Isign Solutions.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Isign Solutions and CA’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Isign Solutions $1.01 million 1.94 -$1.94 million N/A N/A
CA $4.24 billion 4.36 $476.00 million $2.32 19.04

CA has higher revenue and earnings than Isign Solutions.

Dividends

CA pays an annual dividend of $1.02 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Isign Solutions does not pay a dividend. CA pays out 44.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. CA has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

Isign Solutions has a beta of 1.36, meaning that its share price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CA has a beta of 0.84, meaning that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

70.4% of CA shares are held by institutional investors. 40.4% of Isign Solutions shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of CA shares are held 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.

Profitability

This table compares Isign Solutions and CA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Isign Solutions -172.56% N/A -654.44%
CA 11.19% 15.11% 7.46%

Summary

CA beats Isign Solutions on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Isign Solutions Company Profile

iSign Solutions Inc., together with its subsidiaries, supplies digital transaction management software for the financial services and insurance industries. It offers enterprise-class SignatureOne and iSign suite of electronic signature solutions for businesses to implement paperless and electronic signature-driven business processes. The company's products include SignatureOne Ceremony Server to facilitate end-to-end management of multi-party approvals for PDF and XHTML documents; and iSign Console that allows users to upload documents for signature, select signers, and signature methods, as well as manages and enforces document workflow for routing, reviewing, signing, and notifications. Its products also comprise iSign Enterprise that incorporates the features and function of the ceremony server and the console; and iSign Family, including iSign Mobile for signing on iOS and Android mobile devices, iSign Forms for integrated use of templates and forms, and iSign Live for simultaneous browsing signature ceremonies. In addition, the company offers Sign-it, a family of desktop software products that enable the real-time capture of electronic and digital signatures, as well as their verification and binding within a set of applications; iSign Toolkits, a suite of application development tools for electronic signature capture, encryption, and verification in custom applications and Web-based processes; and post-contract support, and upgrades or enhancement services. It serves channel partners, resellers, and end-user customers primarily in North America, the ASEAN region, and Europe. The company was formerly known as Communication Intelligence Corporation and changed its name to iSign Solutions Inc. in December 2015. iSign Solutions Inc. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

CA Company Profile

CA, Inc., doing business as CA technologies, develops, markets, delivers, and licenses software products and services in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Mainframe Solutions, Enterprise Solutions, and Services. The Mainframe Solutions segment offers solutions for the IBM z Systems platform, which runs various mission critical business applications. Its mainframe solutions enable customers enhance economics by increasing throughput and lowering cost per transaction; increasing business agility through DevOps tooling and processes; increasing reliability and availability of operations through machine intelligence and automation solutions; and protecting enterprise data with security and compliance. The Enterprise Solutions segment provides a range of software planning, development, and management tools for mobile, cloud, and distributed computing environments. It primarily provides customers secure application development, infrastructure management, automation, and identity-centric security solutions. The Services segment offers various services, such as consulting, implementation, application management, education, and support services to commercial and government customers for implementation and adoption of its software solutions. The company serves banks, insurance companies, other financial services providers, government agencies, information technology service providers, telecommunication providers, transportation companies, manufacturers, technology companies, retailers, educational organizations, and health care institutions. It sells its products through direct sales force, as well as through various partner channels comprising resellers, service providers, system integrators, managed service providers, and technology partners. The company was formerly known as Computer Associates International, Inc. and changed its name to CA, Inc. in 2006. CA, Inc. was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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