KEYW (KEYW) & Science Applications International (SAIC) Head to Head Survey

KEYW (NASDAQ: KEYW) and Science Applications International (NYSE:SAIC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares KEYW and Science Applications International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KEYW -1.58% -0.93% -0.41%
Science Applications International 3.95% 56.35% 8.87%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

64.2% of Science Applications International shares are held by institutional investors. 3.8% of KEYW shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.1% of Science Applications International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Science Applications International pays an annual dividend of $1.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. KEYW does not pay a dividend. Science Applications International pays out 35.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares KEYW and Science Applications International’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
KEYW $441.59 million 0.99 -$10.95 million ($0.45) -19.42
Science Applications International $4.45 billion 0.77 $179.00 million $3.53 22.93

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for KEYW and Science Applications International, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KEYW 0 2 5 0 2.71
Science Applications International 0 5 4 0 2.44

KEYW currently has a consensus price target of $9.75, suggesting a potential upside of 11.56%. Science Applications International has a consensus price target of $84.71, suggesting a potential upside of 4.68%. Given KEYW’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe KEYW is more favorable than Science Applications International.

Volatility and Risk

KEYW has a beta of 0.71, indicating that its stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Science Applications International has a beta of 1.39, indicating that its stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Science Applications International beats KEYW on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

KEYW Company Profile

The KeyW Holding Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides engineering and technology solutions to support the collection, processing, analysis, and dissemination of information across the spectrum of the intelligence, cyber, and counterterrorism communities in the United States. The company's solutions are designed to meet the critical needs of agile intelligence and U.S. Government national security priorities comprising cyber operations and training; geospatial intelligence; cloud and data analytics; engineering; and intelligence analysis and operations. Its products include electro-optical, hyperspectral, and synthetic aperture radar sensors and other products. The company provides its products and services to the U.S. federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies; foreign governments; and other entities in the cyber and counterterrorism markets. The KeyW Holding Corporation was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Hanover, Maryland.

Science Applications International Company Profile

Science Applications International Corporation provides technical, engineering, and enterprise information technology (IT) services primarily in the United States. The company's offerings include engineering; technology and equipment platform integration; maintenance of ground and maritime systems; logistics; training and simulation; operation and program support services; and end-to-end services, such as design, development, integration, deployment, management and operations, sustainment, and security of its customers' IT infrastructure. It serves the U.S. military comprising Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard; the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the U.S. Department of State; and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The company was formerly known as SAIC Gemini, Inc. and changed its name to Science Applications International Corporation in September 2013. Science Applications International Corporation was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.

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