ARC Document Solutions (NYSE: ARC) and Cimpress N.V (NASDAQ:CMPR) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

70.7% of ARC Document Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.1% of Cimpress N.V shares are held by institutional investors. 14.9% of ARC Document Solutions shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.5% of Cimpress N.V shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for ARC Document Solutions and Cimpress N.V, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ARC Document Solutions 0 0 1 1 3.50
Cimpress N.V 0 5 1 0 2.17

ARC Document Solutions presently has a consensus price target of $5.25, indicating a potential upside of 30.92%. Cimpress N.V has a consensus price target of $89.00, indicating a potential downside of 12.12%. Given ARC Document Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe ARC Document Solutions is more favorable than Cimpress N.V.

Volatility and Risk

ARC Document Solutions has a beta of 2.54, indicating that its share price is 154% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cimpress N.V has a beta of 0.16, indicating that its share price is 84% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares ARC Document Solutions and Cimpress N.V’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ARC Document Solutions 2.72% 7.00% 2.91%
Cimpress N.V -3.36% -30.23% -1.91%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ARC Document Solutions and Cimpress N.V’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ARC Document Solutions $400.01 million 0.47 $56.98 million $0.24 16.71
Cimpress N.V $2.14 billion 1.48 $126.25 million ($2.34) -43.28

Cimpress N.V has higher revenue and earnings than ARC Document Solutions. Cimpress N.V is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ARC Document Solutions, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

ARC Document Solutions beats Cimpress N.V on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

ARC Document Solutions Company Profile

ARC Document Solutions, Inc. (ARC) is a document solutions provider for the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. The Company also provides document solutions to businesses of various types. ARC’s offerings include managed print services (MPS), offsite services, archive and information management (AIM), specialized color printing, Web-based document management applications, digital shipping/managed file transfer, and equipment and supplies sales. MPS is an onsite service where it installs a complete document solution platform in its customers’ offices and project sites. Its Offsite Services offering operates over 180 offsite service centers. AIM enables its customers to store information and intellectual property in a cloud-based and searchable digital archive. The Specialized Color Printing offering is focused on color printing, finishing and assembly of graphic materials. Its Web-Based Document Management Applications develop and offer tools to its customers.

Cimpress N.V Company Profile

Cimpress N.V., formerly Vistaprint N.V., is a technology driven company, which aggregates through the Internet, large volumes of small, individually customized orders for a spectrum of print, signage, apparel and similar products. The Company operates through segments, which include Vistaprint business unit, Upload and Print business units and All Other business units. The Vistaprint business unit segment represents its Vistaprint-branded Websites and its Webs-branded business. The Vistaprint business unit also sells standard business cards, and focuses on product categories, which include signage, marketing materials, and promotional products and apparel. The Upload and Print business units segment includes the druck.at, Exagroup, Easyflyer, Printdeal, Pixartprinting, Tradeprint, and WIRmachenDRUCK branded businesses. The All Other business units segment includes operations of its Albumprinter and Most of World business units and Corporate Solutions business unit.

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