Formula Systems (1985) (NASDAQ:FORTY) and Cicero (OTCMKTS:CICN) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.
Risk & Volatility
Formula Systems (1985) has a beta of 0.8, meaning that its share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cicero has a beta of 0.04, meaning that its share price is 96% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Formula Systems (1985) and Cicero’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Formula Systems (1985)||1.83%||3.42%||1.68%|
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Formula Systems (1985) and Cicero’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Formula Systems (1985)||$1.36 billion||0.43||$10.35 million||N/A||N/A|
|Cicero||$1.31 million||0.67||-$2.11 million||N/A||N/A|
Formula Systems (1985) has higher revenue and earnings than Cicero.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Formula Systems (1985) and Cicero, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Formula Systems (1985)||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Insider & Institutional Ownership
0.1% of Formula Systems (1985) shares are held by institutional investors. 23.3% of Formula Systems (1985) shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 89.0% of Cicero shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Formula Systems (1985) pays an annual dividend of $0.47 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Cicero does not pay a dividend.
Formula Systems (1985) beats Cicero on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
Formula Systems (1985) Company Profile
Formula Systems (1985) Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides software, proprietary and non-proprietary software, and software product marketing and support services. The company offers computer and telecommunication infrastructure solutions; computer solutions to computer and communications infrastructures; cloud computing solutions; database and big data services; customer relations management, computer systems management infrastructures, Web world content management, database and data warehouse mining, application integration, database and systems, data management, and software development tools; and professional training courses and advanced professional studies. It also markets and sells computers and peripheral equipment to business customers. In addition, the company offers life, pension, and annuities platforms/solutions, including Sapiens ALIS, LifeSuite, Life Portraits, LifeApply, Sapiens INSIGHT, and Sapiens Closed Books; property and casualty/general insurance platforms/solutions, such as Sapiens IDIT, Adaptik Policy, Adaptik Billing, Stream Claim, Sapiens Stingray, PowerSuite, and CompSuite; and reinsurance software solutions comprising Sapiens Reinsurance, Freedom Reinsurance System, and Universal Reinsurance System. Further, it provides financial and compliance solutions that include eFreedom Annual Statement, PRO Financial General Ledger and Accounts Payable, Preferred Tax Enterprise Financial applications, Insurance Financial reporting, and Power2Play; Sapiens DECISION, a decision management platform; and technology-based solutions and digital insurance suites. Additionally, the company offers application development and business process integration platforms; vertical software solutions; vendor of software services and IT outsourcing software services; and professionals in various areas, as well as develops on-premise payroll software solutions. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Or Yehuda, Israel.
Cicero Company Profile
Cicero Inc. provides business integration software solutions in the United States and Europe. The company's software enables organizations to integrate new and existing information and processes at the desktop; and addresses the need for a company's information systems to deliver enterprise-wide views of their business information processes. It offers Cicero Discovery, a configurable tool to collect activity and application performance data, and track business objects across time and multiple users, as well as measure against a defined expected business process flow; and Cicero Insight, a measurement and analytics solution that collects and presents information about quality, productivity, compliance, and revenue from frontline activity to target areas for improvement. The company also provides Cicero Automation that delivers features of the Cicero Discovery product, as well as desktop automation for enterprise contact center and back office employees; integrates applications and automates workflow; and control and adaptability at the end user desktop. In addition, it offers technical support, training, and consulting services. The company sells its products and services directly, as well as through distributors and other intermediaries who resell it to end-users. It serves financial services, insurance, telecommunications, and healthcare industries; and business process outsourcers, as well as intelligence, security, law enforcement, and other governmental organizations. The company was formerly known as Level 8 Systems, Inc. and changed its name to Cicero Inc. in January 2007. Cicero Inc. was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina.
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