Cicero (OTCMKTS:CICN) and Amdocs (NASDAQ:DOX) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and risk.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Cicero and Amdocs’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Cicero||$1.31 million||0.67||-$2.11 million||N/A||N/A|
|Amdocs||$3.97 billion||1.92||$354.39 million||$3.74||14.63|
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Cicero and Amdocs, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Amdocs has a consensus price target of $70.44, suggesting a potential upside of 28.70%. Given Amdocs’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Amdocs is more favorable than Cicero.
Amdocs pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Cicero does not pay a dividend. Amdocs pays out 26.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Amdocs has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.
Volatility & Risk
Cicero has a beta of -0.09, suggesting that its share price is 109% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Amdocs has a beta of 0.52, suggesting that its share price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
93.4% of Amdocs shares are owned by institutional investors. 89.0% of Cicero shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.4% of Amdocs shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Cicero and Amdocs’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Amdocs beats Cicero on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
Cicero Inc. provides business integration software solutions in the United States and Europe. The company's software enables organizations to integrate new and existing information and processes at the desktop; and addresses the need for a company's information systems to deliver enterprise-wide views of their business information processes. It offers Cicero Discovery, a configurable tool to collect activity and application performance data, and track business objects across time and multiple users, as well as measure against a defined expected business process flow; and Cicero Insight, a measurement and analytics solution that collects and presents information about quality, productivity, compliance, and revenue from frontline activity to target areas for improvement. The company also provides Cicero Automation that delivers features of the Cicero Discovery product, as well as desktop automation for enterprise contact center and back office employees; integrates applications and automates workflow; and control and adaptability at the end user desktop. In addition, it offers technical support, training, and consulting services. The company sells its products and services directly, as well as through distributors and other intermediaries who resell it to end-users. It serves financial services, insurance, telecommunications, and healthcare industries; and business process outsourcers, as well as intelligence, security, law enforcement, and other governmental organizations. The company was formerly known as Level 8 Systems, Inc. and changed its name to Cicero Inc. in January 2007. Cicero Inc. was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina.
Amdocs Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides software and services to the communications, pay TV, entertainment, and media industry service providers worldwide. The company offers amdocsONE a line of services designed for various stages of a service provider's lifecycle, including planning, delivery, implementation, and ongoing support, as well as consumer experience and monetization, media and digital, enterprise and connected society, service-driven network, and services and agile operation solutions. It also provides managed, quality engineering, data and intelligence, cloud enablement, digital business operation, autonomous network service assurance, and advisory services. In addition, the company offers mobile financial services, which enable service providers and financial institutions to serve financially underserved customer segments; revenue guard services designed to detect and resolve revenue leakage, fraud, and cyber fraud; and the BriteBill, a multi-channel bill presentment platform focused on contextual and personalized customer engagements. Further, it provides advertising and media services for media publishers, TV networks, video streaming providers, advertising agencies, and service providers. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Chesterfield, Missouri.
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