Head to Head Survey: Epson (SEKEY) vs. Top Image Systems (TISA)

Epson (OTCMKTS: SEKEY) and Top Image Systems (NASDAQ:TISA) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

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Epson pays an annual dividend of $0.09 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Top Image Systems does not pay a dividend. Epson pays out 14.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.



Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.1% of Epson shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.1% of Top Image Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Epson and Top Image Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Epson 3.31% 6.97% 3.51%
Top Image Systems -30.77% -50.20% -24.46%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Epson and Top Image Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Epson $9.14 billion 0.83 $430.69 million $0.62 15.30
Top Image Systems $31.64 million 0.63 -$6.61 million ($0.36) -3.11

Epson has higher revenue and earnings than Top Image Systems. Top Image Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Epson, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Epson and Top Image Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Epson 0 0 0 0 N/A
Top Image Systems 0 0 1 0 3.00

Top Image Systems has a consensus price target of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 167.86%. Given Top Image Systems’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Top Image Systems is more favorable than Epson.

Risk & Volatility

Epson has a beta of 1.18, indicating that its stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Top Image Systems has a beta of 1.07, indicating that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Epson beats Top Image Systems on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Epson

Seiko Epson Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, sells, and provides services for products in the printing solutions, visual communications, wearable and industrial products, and other businesses in Japan, the United States, China, and internationally. Its Printing Solutions segment provides inkjet printers, serial impact dot matrix printers, page printers, color image scanners, large-format inkjet printers, industrial inkjet printing systems, printers for use in POS systems, label printers and related consumables, office papermaking systems, personal computers, and others. The company's Visual Communications segment develops, manufactures, and sells 3LCD projectors for business, education, and the home markets; high-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD panels for 3LCD projectors; and smart eyewear. Its Wearable & Industrial Products segment offers watches and watch movements; sensing systems and equipment; built-in sensors used in the personal health and sports fields, etc.; industrial robots and other production systems; and electronic devices. This segment also designs, manufactures, and sells electronic devices, such as crystal units, crystal oscillators, and quartz sensors for consumer, automotive, and industrial equipment applications; and CMOS LSIs and other chips primarily for consumer electronics and automotive applications, as well as provides metal powders and surface finishing services. Seiko Epson Corporation was founded in 1942 and is headquartered in Suwa, Japan.

About Top Image Systems

Top Image Systems Ltd. develops and markets automated data capture solutions for managing and validating content gathered from customers, trading partners, and employees worldwide. Its solutions deliver digital content to the applications that drive an enterprise by using technologies, such as wireless communications, servers, form processing, and information recognition systems. The company's products integrate information regardless of the source and format of the data, such as invoices, purchase orders, checks, freight and shipping bills, and others. Its solutions deliver the extracted data to applications comprising document and content management, enterprise resource planning, or customer relationship management. The company develops and markets its software solutions to a range of customers that automatically classifies, recognizes, and understands data processed into the organization systems. It processes, validates, and integrates data into ERP, CRM, and workflow systems. Its eFLOW Unified Content platform solutions perform business-critical key data capture, lying within incoming documents, such as paper forms, eForms, fax, image files, microfiche, and electronic. The company serves end-user customers, value-added resellers, distributors, and system integrators. Top Image Systems Ltd. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Ramat Gan, Israel.

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