National Instruments (NASDAQ:NATI) and Information Analysis (OTCMKTS:IAIC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, profitability and institutional ownership.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
79.5% of National Instruments shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.8% of National Instruments shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 26.4% of Information Analysis shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a summary of current recommendations for National Instruments and Information Analysis, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
National Instruments currently has a consensus price target of $48.00, indicating a potential upside of 11.58%. Given National Instruments’ higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe National Instruments is more favorable than Information Analysis.
Risk & Volatility
National Instruments has a beta of 0.94, suggesting that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Information Analysis has a beta of 0.83, suggesting that its stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares National Instruments and Information Analysis’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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National Instruments pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Information Analysis does not pay a dividend. National Instruments pays out 74.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. National Instruments has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares National Instruments and Information Analysis’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|National Instruments||$1.36 billion||4.17||$155.06 million||$1.34||32.10|
|Information Analysis||$8.93 million||0.28||-$50,000.00||N/A||N/A|
National Instruments has higher revenue and earnings than Information Analysis.
National Instruments beats Information Analysis on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
About National Instruments
National Instruments Corporation provides a software-centric platform and systems to engineers and scientists worldwide. Its programming environments software includes LabVIEW, a graphical application software package to visualize hardware configuration, measurement data, and debugging of application; LabWindows/CVI, an ANSI C integrated development environment and engineering toolbox with built-in libraries for measurement, analysis, and engineering UI design; and NI Measurement Studio, a suite of .NET tools designed for building engineering applications in Microsoft Visual Studio to acquire, analyze, and display measurement data. The company's application software comprises TestStand, which is used for automated test and measurement applications in a manufacturing environment; VeriStand, a ready-to-use software environment for configuring real-time testing applications; Flexlogger for quick sensor configuration and data logging of mixed signals to verify electromechanical systems; and InsightCM Enterprise, a software solution with integrated hardware options for monitoring ancillary rotating equipment. Its systems and data management software include DIAdem, which is configuration-based technical data management, analysis, and report generation tools to mine and analyze engineering and measurement data; and SystemLink, a systems management software that enables the mass coordination of connected devices, software deployments, and data communications throughout a distributed system. The company also offers PXI hardware form factor that combines PC software and PCI hardware with advanced instrumentation capabilities; NI C-series data acquisition and control products; and NI semiconductor test systems, as well as software and hardware maintenance, and training and certification services. It serves semiconductor, transportation, and aerospace and defense industries, as well as government agencies. The company was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.
About Information Analysis
Information Analysis Incorporated engages in developing and maintaining information technology systems, modernizing client information systems, and performing professional services to government and commercial organizations in the United States. The company develops and provides Web-based and mobile device solutions, including electronic forms conversions for various agencies of the federal government, data analytics, and legacy software migration and modernization. It also sells third-party software products, as well as provides maintenance services. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia.
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