Sapient (NASDAQ: SAPE) and NCI (NASDAQ:NCIT) are both companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Sapient and NCI’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Sapient and NCI, as provided by MarketBeat.
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NCI has a consensus target price of $22.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.00%. Given NCI’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe NCI is more favorable than Sapient.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
38.6% of NCI shares are held by institutional investors. 45.4% of NCI shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares Sapient and NCI’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Volatility and Risk
Sapient has a beta of 1.23, indicating that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NCI has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.
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).
NCI, Inc. is a provider of enterprise services and solutions to defense, intelligence, healthcare and civilian government agencies. The Company provides information technology (IT), and professional services and solutions by leveraging its core service offerings, which include cloud computing and IT infrastructure optimization; cybersecurity and information assurance; engineering and logistics support; enterprise information management and advanced analytics; health IT and medical support; IT service management; modeling, simulation, and training, and agile development and integration. The Company helps its clients to navigate the range of cloud, Everything-as-a-Service (EaaS), capacity services and virtualization options available. The Company provides its customers the full lifecycle of cybersecurity services, including policy and planning, compliance, identity and access management, training, education, awareness and enterprise security operations.
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