Reviewing EPAM Systems (EPAM) and Professional Diversity Network (IPDN)

EPAM Systems (NYSE: EPAM) and Professional Diversity Network (NASDAQ:IPDN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.


This table compares EPAM Systems and Professional Diversity Network’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EPAM Systems 5.02% 16.52% 13.67%
Professional Diversity Network -86.95% -37.27% -25.12%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.5% of EPAM Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.0% of Professional Diversity Network shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.2% of EPAM Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.2% of Professional Diversity Network shares are owned 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares EPAM Systems and Professional Diversity Network’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EPAM Systems $1.45 billion 4.35 $72.76 million $1.31 90.89
Professional Diversity Network $26.23 million 0.58 -$4.10 million ($4.54) -0.85

EPAM Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Professional Diversity Network. Professional Diversity Network is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than EPAM Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

EPAM Systems has a beta of 0.96, meaning that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Professional Diversity Network has a beta of 2.94, meaning that its stock price is 194% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for EPAM Systems and Professional Diversity Network, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EPAM Systems 0 1 14 0 2.93
Professional Diversity Network 0 0 0 0 N/A

EPAM Systems currently has a consensus target price of $114.60, indicating a potential downside of 3.75%. Given EPAM Systems’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe EPAM Systems is more favorable than Professional Diversity Network.


EPAM Systems beats Professional Diversity Network on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

EPAM Systems Company Profile

EPAM Systems, Inc. is a g provider of software product development and digital platform engineering services to clients located primarily in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The Company’s service offerings cover the full software product development lifecycle from digital strategy and customer experience design to enterprise application platforms implementation and program management services and from complex software development services to maintenance, support, custom application development, application testing, and infrastructure management. Its service offerings include Software Product Development Services, Custom Application Development Services, Application Testing Services, Enterprise Application Platforms, Application Maintenance and Support, and Infrastructure Management Services. It offers its solutions and services to industries, such as financial services, media and entertainment, travel and consumer, software and hi-tech, and life sciences and healthcare.

Professional Diversity Network Company Profile

Professional Diversity Network, Inc. is an operator of professional networks with a focus on diversity. The Company serves various communities, including Women, Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Disabled, Military Professionals, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT). The Company’s segments include Professional Diversity Network (PDN Network), which includes online professional networking communities with career resources for the needs of various diverse cultural groups; National Association of Professional Women (NAPW Network), a women-only professional networking organization, and Noble Voice operations (Noble Voice), a career consultation and lead generation service. The Noble Voice call centers qualify callers for real-time job placement. The PDN Network consists of various online professional networking communities dedicated to serving diverse professionals in the United States and employers seeking to hire diverse talent.

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