Analyzing Obic (OTCMKTS:OBIIF) & Verisign (OTCMKTS:VRSN)

Obic (OTCMKTS:OBIIF) and Verisign (NASDAQ:VRSN) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.5% of Verisign shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of Verisign shares are held by company 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Obic and Verisign, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Obic 0 0 0 0 N/A
Verisign 0 3 1 0 2.25

Verisign has a consensus price target of $170.00, suggesting a potential downside of 20.64%. Given Verisign’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Verisign is more favorable than Obic.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Obic and Verisign’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Obic N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Verisign $1.21 billion 21.01 $582.48 million $4.75 45.10

Verisign has higher revenue and earnings than Obic.

Risk & Volatility

Obic has a beta of 0.94, meaning that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Verisign has a beta of 1.03, meaning that its share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Obic and Verisign’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Obic N/A N/A N/A
Verisign 49.98% -43.07% 31.46%

Summary

Verisign beats Obic on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Verisign Company Profile

VeriSign, Inc. provides domain name registry services and Internet infrastructure in the United States and internationally. The company offers registry services that operate the authoritative directory of and/or the back-end systems for .com, .net, .cc, .tv, .gov, .jobs, .edu, .name, and other domain names. Its registry services allow individuals and organizations to establish their online identities. The company also provides root zone maintainer services. VeriSign, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.

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