Fair Isaac (NYSE: EEX) and Emerald Expositions Events (NYSE:EEX) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, valuation, dividends and risk.

Dividends

Emerald Expositions Events pays an annual dividend of $0.29 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Fair Isaac does not pay a dividend. Emerald Expositions Events pays out 26.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Fair Isaac and Emerald Expositions Events’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fair Isaac 13.12% 39.61% 11.53%
Emerald Expositions Events 29.36% 12.55% 5.87%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Fair Isaac and Emerald Expositions Events’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fair Isaac $932.17 million 7.50 $128.25 million $3.98 60.31
Emerald Expositions Events $341.70 million 3.55 $81.80 million $1.11 14.95

Fair Isaac has higher revenue and earnings than Emerald Expositions Events. Emerald Expositions Events is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Fair Isaac, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Fair Isaac has a beta of 1.29, suggesting that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Emerald Expositions Events has a beta of 0.34, suggesting that its stock price is 66% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Fair Isaac and Emerald Expositions Events, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fair Isaac 0 2 1 0 2.33
Emerald Expositions Events 0 4 0 0 2.00

Fair Isaac currently has a consensus target price of $201.33, suggesting a potential downside of 16.12%. Emerald Expositions Events has a consensus target price of $20.50, suggesting a potential upside of 23.49%. Given Emerald Expositions Events’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Emerald Expositions Events is more favorable than Fair Isaac.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

88.4% of Fair Isaac shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 36.0% of Emerald Expositions Events shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.6% of Fair Isaac shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.3% of Emerald Expositions Events shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Fair Isaac beats Emerald Expositions Events on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fair Isaac

Fair Isaac Corporation develops analytic, software, and data management products and services that enable businesses to automate, enhance, and connect decisions. The company offers analytical solutions, credit scoring, and credit account management products and services to banks, credit reporting agencies, credit card processing agencies, insurers, retailers, healthcare organizations, and public agencies. It operates through three segments: Applications, Scores, and Decision Management Software. The Applications segment offers pre-configured decision management applications designed for various business problem or process, such as marketing, account origination, customer management, fraud, collection, and insurance claims management, as well as associated professional services. The Scores segment provides business-to-business scoring solutions and services, including myFICO solutions for consumers that give clients access to analytics to be integrated into their transaction streams and decision-making processes, as well as associated professional services. The Decision Management Software segment offers analytic and decision management software tools, as well as professional services. The company offers a portfolio of applications, tools, and services in the cloud to clients through its FICO Analytic Cloud, FICO Decision Management Suite, and FICO Decision Management Platform. Fair Isaac Corporation markets its products and services primarily through its direct sales organization; indirect channels; subsidiary sales organizations; and resellers and independent distributors, as well as online. It operates in the United States, the United Kingdom, and internationally. The company was formerly known as Fair Isaac & Company, Inc. and changed its name to Fair Isaac Corporation in July 1992. Fair Isaac Corporation was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

About Emerald Expositions Events

Emerald Expositions Events, Inc. operates business-to-business (B2B) trade shows in the United States. The company operates trade shows in various industry sectors, including gift, home and general merchandise; sports; design and construction; technology; jewelry; and others comprising photography, food, healthcare, industrials, and military. It also operates events across various formats, such as B2B conferences, hosted buyer events, B2C events, summits, awards, and luxury private sales. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in San Juan Capistrano, California.

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