Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU) and EPIQ Systems (EPIQ) Critical Contrast

Qihoo 360 Technology (NYSE: QIHU) and EPIQ Systems (NASDAQ:EPIQ) are both technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

84.9% of EPIQ Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 10.1% of EPIQ Systems shares are held 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Qihoo 360 Technology and EPIQ Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Qihoo 360 Technology N/A N/A N/A $2.14 35.94
EPIQ Systems N/A N/A N/A ($0.44) N/A

EPIQ Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Qihoo 360 Technology, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Qihoo 360 Technology and EPIQ Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Qihoo 360 Technology 17.95% 30.01% 9.81%
EPIQ Systems -3.96% -7.36% -2.71%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Qihoo 360 Technology and EPIQ Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Qihoo 360 Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A
EPIQ Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

EPIQ Systems pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share. Qihoo 360 Technology does not pay a dividend. EPIQ Systems pays out -81.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Qihoo 360 Technology beats EPIQ Systems on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Qihoo 360 Technology

Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. is a China-based company principally engaged in the operations of Internet services. The Company’s segments include Internet services, smart hardware and IOT devices. The Company’s Internet and mobile security products include 360 Safe Guard, 360 Anti-virus and 360 Mobile Safe. The Company is also involved in the development of various platform products to meet a range of security-related needs of Internet users and create access points to the Internet, which include 360 browsers; 360 Personal Start-up Page and its subpages; 360 Search, and 360 Mobile Assistant. The Company also provides online advertising service solutions, such as sponsored links (advertising links), on its platform products, such as 360 Personal Start-up Page, 360 Search and 360 Mobile Assistant; Internet value-added services; Internet of things (IOT) devices, and other services. It also serves as an agent for providing online distribution services and payment collections services.

About EPIQ Systems

Epiq Systems, Inc. (Epiq) is a provider of professional services and integrated technology for the legal profession. The Company operates in two segments: the Technology segment (Technology), which provides eDiscovery managed services and technology solutions consisting of consulting, collections and forensics, processing, search and review, production of documents and document review services to companies and law firms, and the Bankruptcy and Settlement Administration segment (Bankruptcy and Settlement Administration), which provides managed services and technology solutions that address the needs of its customers with respect to litigation, claims and project administration, compliance matters, controlled disbursements, corporate restructuring, bankruptcy and class action proceedings. Its solutions and professional services cater to a range of client legal matters, including litigation, investigations, financial transactions and regulatory compliance, among others.

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