Reis (NASDAQ: REIS) and Lionbridge Technologies (NASDAQ:LIOX) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Dividends

Reis pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Lionbridge Technologies does not pay a dividend. Reis pays out 453.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Reis and Lionbridge Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Reis 0 0 2 0 3.00
Lionbridge Technologies 0 2 1 0 2.33

Reis currently has a consensus price target of $24.50, suggesting a potential upside of 18.64%. Lionbridge Technologies has a consensus price target of $6.38, suggesting a potential upside of 10.87%. Given Reis’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Reis is more favorable than Lionbridge Technologies.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

60.5% of Reis shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.3% of Lionbridge Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 21.6% of Reis shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.4% of Lionbridge Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Reis has a beta of 1.14, indicating that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lionbridge Technologies has a beta of 1.31, indicating that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Reis and Lionbridge Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Reis $46.83 million 5.08 $7.34 million $0.15 137.67
Lionbridge Technologies N/A N/A N/A $0.18 31.94

Reis has higher revenue and earnings than Lionbridge Technologies. Lionbridge Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Reis, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Reis and Lionbridge Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Reis 3.66% 1.73% 1.35%
Lionbridge Technologies 1.77% 26.91% 8.04%

Summary

Reis beats Lionbridge Technologies on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Reis Company Profile

Reis, Inc. (Reis) is engaged in providing commercial real estate market information and analytical tools to real estate professionals, through its Reis Services subsidiary. The Company operates through Reis Services segment. It maintains a database containing detailed information on commercial properties in metropolitan markets and neighborhoods throughout the United States. The database contains information on apartment, office, retail, warehouse or distribution, flex or research and development, self-storage and seniors housing properties, and is used by real estate investors, lenders and other professionals to make informed buying, selling and financing decisions. Its product portfolio includes Reis Subscriber Edition (SE), its delivery platform aimed at larger and mid-sized enterprises; ReisReports, aimed at prosumers and smaller enterprises, and Mobiuss Portfolio CRE (Mobiuss), aimed at risk managers and credit administrators at banks and non-bank lending institutions.

Lionbridge Technologies Company Profile

Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. is a United States-based company, which provides translation, online marketing, global content management and application testing solutions. The Company enables more than 800 brands to manage international market share and engage their customers in local markets across the world. It offers various solutions, such as Language Translation Services, Global Marketing Services, Website Translation and Localization, Engineering, Technical Publications and Training, Testing Services and Translation Technology. Its portfolio of language translation services includes Website Translation, Software Localization, Real-Time Translation for Chat and Forums, and Interpreter Services. Its Data Management Services allow companies to manage unprocessed data from multiple languages. Its Crowd translation of user-generated content (blogs, messages, surveys, reviews) allows clients to repurpose pieces of consumer advocacy for a new target language.

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