VASCO Data Security International (NASDAQ: VDSI) and CSRA (NYSE:CSRA) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

VASCO Data Security International has a beta of 1.43, indicating that its share price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CSRA has a beta of 0.84, indicating that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

56.9% of VASCO Data Security International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.3% of CSRA shares are owned by institutional investors. 22.5% of VASCO Data Security International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of CSRA shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares VASCO Data Security International and CSRA’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
VASCO Data Security International $193.29 million 4.55 -$22.39 million $0.43 50.70
CSRA $4.99 billion 1.35 $304.00 million $1.91 21.59

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

Profitability

This table compares VASCO Data Security International and CSRA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
VASCO Data Security International -10.76% 6.71% 5.06%
CSRA 7.46% 68.98% 6.50%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for VASCO Data Security International and CSRA, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
VASCO Data Security International 0 1 3 0 2.75
CSRA 1 8 1 0 2.00

VASCO Data Security International currently has a consensus price target of $20.67, suggesting a potential downside of 5.20%. CSRA has a consensus price target of $37.47, suggesting a potential downside of 9.12%. Given VASCO Data Security International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe VASCO Data Security International is more favorable than CSRA.

Dividends

CSRA pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. VASCO Data Security International does not pay a dividend. CSRA pays out 20.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

VASCO Data Security International Company Profile

VASCO Data Security International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, and markets digital solutions for identity, security, and business productivity worldwide. The company offers DIGIPASS software authenticators; DIGIPASS for Apps, a software development kit; DIGIPASS for Mobile, a mobile authenticator that operates as a discrete mobile application; IDENTIKEY Risk Manager, an anti-fraud solution; and application shielding with runtime application self-protection that neutralizes the threat of attacks on mobile apps. It also provides eSignLive eSignature solution; and eSignLive eVault Manager, a Web-based platform that provides mortgage lenders, auto financers, equipment lessors, and other financial services organizations the means to store, assign, and service electronic mortgage notes, and secured loans and leases. In addition, the company offers VACMAN solutions; DIGIPASS hardware authenticators to support authentication and digital signatures for applications running on desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, and smart phones; and IDENTIKEY Authentication Server, an authentication server that supports the deployment, use, and administration of DIGIPASS strong user authentication. It sells its products to financial institutions, businesses, and government organizations through direct sales force, distributors, resellers, systems integrators, and original equipment manufacturers. VASCO Data Security International, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

CSRA Company Profile

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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