Head to Head Comparison: Quadrant 4 Systems Corp. Common Stock (QFORQ) and ESCO Technologies (ESE)

Quadrant 4 Systems Corp. Common Stock (OTCMKTS:QFORQ) and ESCO Technologies (NYSE:ESE) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.7% of ESCO Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of ESCO Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Quadrant 4 Systems Corp. Common Stock and ESCO Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quadrant 4 Systems Corp. Common Stock N/A N/A N/A
ESCO Technologies 11.94% 10.06% 5.80%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Quadrant 4 Systems Corp. Common Stock and ESCO Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Quadrant 4 Systems Corp. Common Stock N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
ESCO Technologies $771.58 million 2.21 $92.13 million $2.77 23.74

ESCO Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Quadrant 4 Systems Corp. Common Stock.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Quadrant 4 Systems Corp. Common Stock and ESCO Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quadrant 4 Systems Corp. Common Stock 0 0 0 0 N/A
ESCO Technologies 0 1 2 0 2.67

ESCO Technologies has a consensus price target of $73.67, suggesting a potential upside of 12.04%.

Dividends

ESCO Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Quadrant 4 Systems Corp. Common Stock does not pay a dividend. ESCO Technologies pays out 11.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

ESCO Technologies beats Quadrant 4 Systems Corp. Common Stock on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Quadrant 4 Systems Corp. Common Stock

Quadrant 4 System Corporation provides cloud based platform-as-a-service and software-as-a-service products to the health insurance, media, and education verticals in the United States. Its platforms include QHIX/QBIX, a cloud based health insurance exchange and benefits management platform; QBLITZ, a cloud based digital media platform; and QEDX, a cloud based education platform for K-12 students. The company also offers digital transformation services in the areas of social, mobile, analytics, and cloud; business analytics services; technology consulting services; application life cycle management services; enterprise mobility services, including, consulting and deployment, device management, support, and industry-focused solutions; and managed services, such as cloud hosting, colocation, IT infrastructure, and managed hosting services. Quadrant 4 Systems Corporation markets and sells its services directly. Quadrant 4 System Corporation was incorporated in 1990 and is headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois. On June 29, 2017, Quadrant 4 System Corporation along with its affiliate filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

About ESCO Technologies

ESCO Technologies Inc. produces and supplies engineered products and systems for utility, industrial, aerospace, and commercial users worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Filtration/Fluid Flow (Filtration), RF Shielding and Test (Test), Utility Solutions Group (USG), and Technical Packaging. The Filtration segment supplies filter elements, manifolds, assemblies, modules, indicators, custom and standard valves, filters, regulators, actuators, and other related components; elastomeric-based signature reduction solutions; and mission-critical bushings, pins, sleeves, and precision-tolerance machined components, as well as processing services. The Test segment designs and manufactures RF test and secure communication facilities, acoustic test enclosures, RF and magnetically shielded rooms, RF measurement systems, and broadcast and recording studios; and RF absorptive materials and filters, active compensation systems, antennas, antenna masts, turntables, electric and magnetic probes, RF test cells, proprietary measurement software, and other test accessories to perform various tests, as well as calibration for antennas and field probes, chamber certification, field surveys, customer training, and various product tests. The USG segment offers diagnostic testing solutions for electrical equipment. Its solutions include protection diagnostics with the Doble Protection Suite, RTS, Manta MTS-5100, and F6000 series; the M4100 and transformational technology of the M7100 Doble Tester, the dobleARMS asset risk management system, and the Enoserv PowerBase and DUCe compliance tools. The Technical Packaging segment offers thermoformed products and packaging materials for medical, pharmaceutical, retail, food, and electronic applications. The company distributes its products through a network of distributors, sales representatives, direct sales teams, and in-house sales personnel. ESCO Technologies Inc. was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

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