Head-To-Head Comparison: Verisk Analytics (VRSK) vs. Veritone (VERI)

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) and Veritone (NASDAQ:VERI) are both business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Verisk Analytics and Veritone’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Verisk Analytics 25.00% 32.77% 11.55%
Veritone -225.92% -94.68% -56.24%

Dividends

Verisk Analytics pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Veritone does not pay a dividend. Verisk Analytics pays out 6.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Verisk Analytics and Veritone’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Verisk Analytics $2.40 billion 9.55 $598.70 million $4.11 34.03
Veritone $27.05 million 4.57 -$61.10 million ($3.48) -1.80

Verisk Analytics has higher revenue and earnings than Veritone. Veritone is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Verisk Analytics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Verisk Analytics and Veritone, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Verisk Analytics 1 7 2 0 2.10
Veritone 0 1 4 0 2.80

Verisk Analytics presently has a consensus price target of $120.40, indicating a potential downside of 13.92%. Veritone has a consensus price target of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 91.39%. Given Veritone’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Veritone is more favorable than Verisk Analytics.

Risk & Volatility

Verisk Analytics has a beta of 0.79, indicating that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Veritone has a beta of 2.74, indicating that its stock price is 174% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

92.8% of Verisk Analytics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.0% of Veritone shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of Verisk Analytics shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 37.0% of Veritone shares are owned by 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.

Summary

Verisk Analytics beats Veritone on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Verisk Analytics Company Profile

Verisk Analytics, Inc. provides data analytics solutions in the United States and internationally. It provides predictive analytics and decision support solutions to customers in rating, underwriting, claims, catastrophe and weather risk, natural resources intelligence, economic forecasting, and various other fields. The company operates through three segments: Insurance, Energy and Specialized Markets, and Financial Services. The Insurance segment focuses on the prediction of loss, selection and pricing of risk, and compliance with their reporting requirements for property and casualty customers. It also develops predictive models to forecast scenarios and produce standard and customized analytics that help its customers to manage their businesses, including detecting fraud before and after a loss event, and quantifying losses. The Energy and Specialized Markets segment provides data analytics for the natural resources value chain, including energy, chemicals, metals, mining, power, and renewables sectors; research and consulting services focusing on exploration strategies and screening, asset development and acquisition, commodity markets, and corporate analysis; and consultancy services in the areas of business environment, business improvement, business strategies, commercial advisory, and transaction support, as well as analysis and advice on assets, companies, governments, and markets. The Financial Services segment offers algorithms, business intelligence, and customized analytic services to financial institutions, payment networks and processors, alternative lenders, regulators, and merchants. The company was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Veritone Company Profile

Veritone, Inc. provides artificial intelligence (AI) and computing solutions in the United States and the United Kingdom. It develops and operates aiWARE platform, an AI operating system that unlocks the power of cognitive computing to transform audio, video, and other unstructured data, as well as analyzes it in conjunction with structured data in an orchestrated and automated manner to generate actionable intelligence. The company also provides media advertising agency services, including media planning and strategy, media buying and placement, campaign messaging, clearance verification and attribution, and custom analytics directly to advertisers through outbound sales networking, and client and partner referrals, as well as indirectly through advertising agencies or marketing consultants. It serves media owners and broadcasters; legal and compliance markets, including consulting firms, managed services providers, large law firms and corporate legal departments, financial services, and healthcare and other companies; state, local, federal, and international law enforcement agencies, intelligence agencies, and other governmental agencies, as well as resellers and system integrators; and politics market, including political parties, elected officials and political campaigns, political action committees, and special interest groups. The company was formerly known as Veritone Delaware, Inc. and changed its name to Veritone, Inc. in July 2014. Veritone, Inc. was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California.

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