EPIQ Systems (NASDAQ: EPIQ) and Imperva (NASDAQ:IMPV) are both technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
84.9% of EPIQ Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.6% of Imperva shares are held by institutional investors. 10.1% of EPIQ Systems shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.9% of Imperva shares are held by company 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.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares EPIQ Systems and Imperva’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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EPIQ Systems has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Imperva. EPIQ Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Imperva, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
EPIQ Systems pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share. Imperva does not pay a dividend. EPIQ Systems pays out -81.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for EPIQ Systems and Imperva, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
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Imperva has a consensus price target of $52.58, indicating a potential upside of 12.96%.
This table compares EPIQ Systems and Imperva’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Imperva beats EPIQ Systems on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
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.
Imperva, Inc. provides cyber-security solutions that protect business-critical data and applications whether in the cloud or on premises. The Company is engaged in the development, marketing, sales, service and support of cyber-security solutions. The Company’s products include its Imperva SecureSphere Paltform, Imperva CounterBreach and Imperva Camouflage for enterprise data centers, and Imperva Incapsula offering for cloud-based security services. Its Imperva SecureSphere provides database, file and Web application security across various physical and virtual systems in data centers, including in private, public and hybrid cloud computing environments. Its Imperva Incapsula product line provides cloud-based Website security, denial of service protection and performance solutions. Its Imperva Camouflage creates realistic, functional data for development, testing, and training by disguising sensitive information, while maintaining the characteristics of the original data.
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