Comparing Sapient (SAPE) & CSRA (CSRA)

Sapient (NASDAQ: SAPE) and CSRA (NYSE:CSRA) are both mid-cap it services & consulting – nec companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.3% of CSRA shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of CSRA shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Sapient has a beta of 1.23, indicating that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CSRA has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Sapient and CSRA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sapient 6.13% 14.00% 8.96%
CSRA 7.46% 68.98% 6.50%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Sapient and CSRA’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sapient N/A N/A N/A $0.57 43.82
CSRA $4.99 billion 1.36 $304.00 million $2.29 18.11

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Sapient and CSRA, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sapient 0 0 0 0 N/A
CSRA 1 8 2 0 2.09

CSRA has a consensus target price of $37.08, indicating a potential downside of 10.60%. Given CSRA’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe CSRA is more favorable than Sapient.


CSRA pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Sapient does not pay a dividend. CSRA pays out 17.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


CSRA beats Sapient on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sapient

Sapient Corporation (Sapient) is a global services company, which helps clients leverage marketing and technology to transform their businesses. The Company operates in three business units: SapientNitro, Sapient Global Markets, and Sapient Government Services. SapientNitro provides integrated marketing and creative services, Web and interactive development, advertising, media planning and buying, strategic planning and marketing analytics, multi-channel commerce strategy and solutions, including a focus on mobile, and content and asset management strategies and solutions. Through this business unit, it combines multi-channel marketing and commerce. Sapient Global Markets provides integrated advisory, program management, analytics, technology and operations services to capital and commodity markets. Sapient Government Services provides consulting, technology, and marketing services to the United States government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

About CSRA

CSRA Inc. is a provider of information technology services to the United States federal government. The Company operates through two segments: Defense and Intelligence, and Civil. The Defense and Intelligence segment provides services to the Department of Defense (DoD), National Security Agency, branches of the Armed Forces, and other DoD and Intelligence agencies. The Civil segment provides services to various federal agencies within the Department of Homeland Security (the DHS), Department of Health and Human services, and other federal civil agencies, as well as various state and local government agencies. It supplies civil government agencies with mission information systems and associated technical support services. It provides its customers with technical services across service areas, including Digital Services, Enterprise Business Services, Digital Platforms, Cyber, Data Science, and Professional and Citizen Services. It has conducted operations in over 130 locations.

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