Sapient (NASDAQ: SAPE) and EPIQ Systems (NASDAQ:EPIQ) are both it services & consulting – nec companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.
Insider & 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 large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Sapient and EPIQ Systems’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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EPIQ Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Sapient, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
EPIQ Systems pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share. Sapient does not pay a dividend. EPIQ Systems pays out -81.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This table compares Sapient and EPIQ Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Sapient and EPIQ Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
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Sapient beats EPIQ Systems on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.
Sapient Company Profile
Sapient Corporation (Sapient) is a global services company, which helps clients leverage marketing and technology to transform their businesses. The Company operates in three business units: SapientNitro, Sapient Global Markets, and Sapient Government Services. SapientNitro provides integrated marketing and creative services, Web and interactive development, advertising, media planning and buying, strategic planning and marketing analytics, multi-channel commerce strategy and solutions, including a focus on mobile, and content and asset management strategies and solutions. Through this business unit, it combines multi-channel marketing and commerce. Sapient Global Markets provides integrated advisory, program management, analytics, technology and operations services to capital and commodity markets. Sapient Government Services provides consulting, technology, and marketing services to the United States government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
EPIQ Systems Company Profile
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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