Head to Head Comparison: Computer Services (CSVI) and ZIX (ZIXI)

Computer Services (OTCMKTS:CSVI) and ZIX (NASDAQ:ZIXI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Computer Services has a beta of 0.22, indicating that its share price is 78% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ZIX has a beta of 0.62, indicating that its share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Computer Services and ZIX’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Computer Services $249.56 million 2.97 $38.83 million N/A N/A
ZIX $65.66 million 5.15 -$8.05 million $0.08 78.00

Computer Services has higher revenue and earnings than ZIX.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Computer Services and ZIX, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Computer Services 0 0 0 0 N/A
ZIX 0 1 2 0 2.67

ZIX has a consensus price target of $7.17, suggesting a potential upside of 14.85%. Given ZIX’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe ZIX is more favorable than Computer Services.

Profitability

This table compares Computer Services and ZIX’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Computer Services N/A N/A N/A
ZIX -9.72% 12.33% 6.83%

Dividends

Computer Services pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. ZIX does not pay a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.8% of Computer Services shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.3% of ZIX shares are held by institutional investors. 3.7% of ZIX 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.

Summary

ZIX beats Computer Services on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Computer Services Company Profile

Computer Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, delivers core processing, managed services, mobile and Internet, payments processing, print and electronic distribution, and regulatory compliance solutions to financial institutions and corporate entities in the United States. It provides processing, maintenance, and support services; software licensing and installation services; professional services; and eBusiness services, as well as equipment and supply sales. The company also offers integrated banking solutions, which include check imaging; cash management; branch and merchant capture; print and mail, and online document delivery services; corporate intranets; secure Web hosting; e-messaging; teller and platform services; ATM and debit card service and support; payments solutions; risk assessment; network management; cloud-based managed services; and compliance software and services for regulatory compliance, homeland security, and fraud prevention. It provides its products and services to community banks, regional banks, and multi-bank holding companies, as well as to various other business enterprises. The company was incorporated in 1965 and is headquartered in Paducah, Kentucky.

ZIX Company Profile

Zix Corporation provides email encryption, threat protection, archiving, bring-your-own-device security, and data loss prevention solutions for the healthcare, financial services, insurance, and government sectors primarily in the United States. The company offers Zix Email Encryption that allows an enterprise to use policy-driven rules to determine email messages that should be sent securely to comply with regulations or company-defined policies. It a0lso provides ZixDirectory, an email encryption community to share identities; Best Method of Delivery, a protocol that automatically determines means of delivery based on the sender's and recipient's communications environment and preferences; and ZixEncrypt, which automatically encrypts and decrypts messages with sensitive content. In addition, the company offers ZixProtect that defends organizations from zero-day malware, ransomware, phishing, CEO fraud, W-2 phishing attacks, spam, and viruses in email; and ZixArchive, a cloud-based email retention solution that enables user retrieval, compliance, and e-discovery. Further, it provides ZixOne, a mobile email app, which offers access to corporate email while never allowing that data to be persistently stored on the device where it is vulnerable to loss or theft. Zix Corporation offers its services through a direct sales force; and a network of resellers and other distribution partners. It has strategic partnership with Digital Guardian to deliver email encryption with enterprise data loss prevention. The company was formerly known as ZixIt Corporation and changed its name to Zix Corporation in 2002. Zix Corporation was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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