Analyzing Apigee (APIC) and CSG Systems International (CSGS)

Apigee (NASDAQ: APIC) and CSG Systems International (NASDAQ:CSGS) are both technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Apigee and CSG Systems International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Apigee -37.94% -73.27% -31.65%
CSG Systems International 7.57% 22.11% 7.58%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Apigee and CSG Systems International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Apigee N/A N/A N/A ($1.40) -12.41
CSG Systems International $760.96 million 1.99 $62.88 million $1.79 25.21

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Apigee and CSG Systems International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Apigee 0 0 0 0 N/A
CSG Systems International 0 0 1 0 3.00

CSG Systems International has a consensus target price of $47.00, suggesting a potential upside of 4.17%. Given CSG Systems International’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe CSG Systems International is more favorable than Apigee.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

42.5% of Apigee shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.3% of CSG Systems International shares are held by institutional investors. 40.6% of Apigee shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.6% of CSG Systems International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

CSG Systems International pays an annual dividend of $0.79 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Apigee does not pay a dividend. CSG Systems International pays out 44.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

CSG Systems International beats Apigee on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Apigee

Apigee Corporation is engaged in providing a software platform that allows businesses to design, deploy, and scale application program interfaces (APIs), as a connection layer between their core information technology (IT) systems and data and the applications, with which their customers, partners, employees and other users engage with the business. Its platform consists of the products, including Apigee Edge, Apigee Edge PRO, Apigee Link, Apigee Sense and Apigee Insights. Apigee Edge is an API-management solution. Apigee Insights is its predictive analytics software solution. Apigee Link is its Internet of Things (IoT) platform for connecting devices to the Internet, which is under development and in beta testing with certain customers. Apigee Sense is a bot prevention product. Apigee Edge PRO is a cloud-delivered service and is an API management for small and medium-sized businesses and divisions in a range of enterprises. It delivers its platform both in the cloud and on premises.

About CSG Systems International

CSG Systems International, Inc. (CSG) is a provider of business support solutions primarily serving the communications industry. The Company provides business support solutions (BSS) to the communications service providers (CSPs), as well as clients in various industries. CSG’s solutions coordinate and manage various aspects of a service provider’s customer interactions, from the initial activation of customer accounts, to the support and fulfillment of various services, and through the calculation, presentment, and accounts receivables management of monthly customer statements. The Company’s primary product solutions include Revenue Management & Customer Experience Solutions; Customer Interaction Management; Managed Services; Mediation and Data Management, and Wholesale Settlement and Routing. The Company employs professional services across various sectors, including solution architecture, project management, systems implementation and business consultancy.

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