Veritone (NASDAQ:VERI) versus Computer Services (NASDAQ:CSVI) Financial Comparison

Computer Services (OTCMKTS:CSVI) and Veritone (NASDAQ:VERI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings and profitability.

Dividends

Computer Services pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Veritone does not pay a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

Computer Services has a beta of 0.3, indicating that its stock price is 70% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Veritone has a beta of 1.53, indicating that its stock price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Computer Services and Veritone’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Computer Services 17.52% 19.71% 14.35%
Veritone -155.58% -96.89% -49.87%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Computer Services and Veritone, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Computer Services 0 0 0 0 N/A
Veritone 0 1 5 0 2.83

Veritone has a consensus target price of $13.33, suggesting a potential upside of 199.63%. Given Veritone’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Veritone is more favorable than Computer Services.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.5% of Computer Services shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 18.4% of Veritone shares are held by institutional investors. 33.0% of Veritone shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Computer Services and Veritone’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Computer Services $266.49 million 4.68 $44.96 million N/A N/A
Veritone $27.05 million 3.66 -$61.10 million ($3.48) -1.28

Computer Services has higher revenue and earnings than Veritone.

Summary

Computer Services beats Veritone on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Computer Services

Computer Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, delivers core processing, digital banking, managed services, payments processing, print and electronic distribution, and regulatory compliance solutions to financial institutions and corporate entities in the United States. It provides processing, maintenance, and support services; software licensing and installation services; professional services; and e-business services, as well as equipment and supply sales. The company also offers integrated banking solutions, which include mobile and Internet banking; check imaging; cash management; branch and merchant capture; print and mail, and online document delivery services; corporate intranets; secure Web hosting; e-messaging; teller and platform services; ATM and debit card service and support; payments solutions; risk assessment; network management; cloud-based managed services; and compliance software and services for regulatory compliance, homeland security, anti-money laundering, anti-terrorism financing, and fraud prevention. It provides its products and services to community banks, regional banks, and multi-bank holding companies, as well as to various other business enterprises. Computer Services, Inc. was incorporated in 1965 and is headquartered in Paducah, Kentucky.

About Veritone

Veritone, Inc. provides artificial intelligence (AI) and computing solutions in the United States and the United Kingdom. It develops and operates aiWARE platform, an AI operating system that unlocks the power of cognitive computing to transform audio, video, and other unstructured data, as well as analyzes it in conjunction with structured data in an orchestrated and automated manner to generate actionable intelligence. The company also provides media advertising agency services, including media planning and strategy, media buying and placement, campaign messaging, clearance verification and attribution, and custom analytics directly to advertisers through outbound sales networking, and client and partner referrals, as well as indirectly through advertising agencies or marketing consultants. It serves media owners and broadcasters; legal and compliance markets, including consulting firms, managed services providers, large law firms and corporate legal departments, financial services, and healthcare and other companies; state, local, federal, and international law enforcement agencies, intelligence agencies, and other governmental agencies, as well as resellers and system integrators; and politics market, including political parties, elected officials and political campaigns, political action committees, and special interest groups. The company was formerly known as Veritone Delaware, Inc. and changed its name to Veritone, Inc. in July 2014. Veritone, Inc. was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California.

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