Yelp (NYSE: YELP) and NIC (NASDAQ:EGOV) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and dividends.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Yelp and NIC’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Yelp||$787.22 million||4.57||$43.09 million||$0.15||293.20|
|NIC||$327.22 million||3.53||$83.34 million||$0.84||20.77|
NIC has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Yelp. NIC is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Yelp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Volatility & Risk
Yelp has a beta of 1.34, indicating that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NIC has a beta of 0.41, indicating that its stock price is 59% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Yelp and NIC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
NIC pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Yelp does not pay a dividend. NIC pays out 38.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
90.9% of Yelp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.9% of NIC shares are held by institutional investors. 10.1% of Yelp shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.1% of NIC shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Yelp and NIC, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Yelp currently has a consensus price target of $40.79, indicating a potential downside of 7.25%. NIC has a consensus price target of $19.33, indicating a potential upside of 10.79%. Given NIC’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe NIC is more favorable than Yelp.
Yelp Inc. (Yelp) connects people with local businesses by bringing ‘word of mouth’ online and providing a platform for businesses and consumers to engage and transact. The Company offers local business review sites. Yelp provides a platform for consumers to share their everyday local business experiences with other consumers by posting reviews, tips, photos and videos, and to engage directly with businesses, through reviews, its Request-A-Quote and Message the Business features, and by completing transactions on the Yelp Platform. Yelp also provides businesses of all sizes with a range of free and paid services that help them engage with consumers. The Yelp Platform allows consumers to transact with local businesses directly on Yelp through Yelp Eat24, the food ordering and delivery business; Yelp Reservations, its online reservations product, and integrations with partners ranging from Shoptiques.com (boutique shopping) to GolfNow (tee time booking) to BloomNation (flower ordering).
NIC Inc. is a provider of digital government services that help governments use technology to provide services to businesses and citizens. The Company operates through Outsourced Portals segment. The Company offers its services through two channels: primary outsourced portal businesses, and software and services businesses. In the primary outsourced portal businesses, the Company enters into contracts with state and local governments to design, build, and operate Internet-based, enterprise-wide portals on their behalf. Its software and services businesses include its subsidiaries that provide software development and payment processing services, other than outsourced portal services, to state and local governments, as well as federal agencies. The Company’s outsourced portal businesses include interactive government services (IGS), driver history records (DHR), Portal software development and services, and Portal management.
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