Reviewing Crossroads Systems (CRDS) & TransAct Technologies (TACT)

Crossroads Systems (NASDAQ: CRDS) and TransAct Technologies (NASDAQ:TACT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, risk and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Crossroads Systems and TransAct Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crossroads Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A
TransAct Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00

TransAct Technologies has a consensus price target of $11.00, suggesting a potential upside of 25.00%. Given TransAct Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe TransAct Technologies is more favorable than Crossroads Systems.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

7.5% of Crossroads Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 36.7% of TransAct Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 27.4% of Crossroads Systems shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.6% of TransAct Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Crossroads Systems has a beta of 2.73, indicating that its stock price is 173% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TransAct Technologies has a beta of 0.73, indicating that its stock price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

TransAct Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. Crossroads Systems does not pay a dividend. TransAct Technologies pays out 67.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Crossroads Systems and TransAct Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crossroads Systems $289,000.00 9.45 -$1.31 million ($1.07) -2.08
TransAct Technologies $56.88 million 1.14 $6.97 million $0.53 16.60

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

Profitability

This table compares Crossroads Systems and TransAct Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crossroads Systems -362.98% -36.62% -20.62%
TransAct Technologies 6.92% 16.37% 12.45%

Summary

TransAct Technologies beats Crossroads Systems on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Crossroads Systems

Crossroads Systems, Inc. is an intellectual property licensing company. The Company’s intellectual property assets are identified in two distinct categories: the first category is known as the 972 patent family and the second category is known as the non-972 patents. As of October 31, 2016, the 972 patent family consisted of 31 patents and pending patents that are primarily concentrated around access controls. As of October 31, 2016, the non-972 patents consisted of 140 patents and pending patents that are primarily directed to five product families: optimizing command processing, enabling interoperability, managing networks, enhancing tape libraries and improving data systems. As of October 31, 2016, approximately 50 companies have licensed 972 patents from the Company. The Company’s subsidiaries include Crossroads Systems (Texas), Inc. and Crossroads Europe GmbH.

About TransAct Technologies

TransAct Technologies Incorporated (TransAct) designs, develops and sells market-specific solutions, including printers, terminals, software and other products for transaction-based and other industries. The Company operates through the segment, which includes design, development, assembly and marketing of transaction printers and terminals, and providing printer and terminal related software, services, supplies and spare parts. Its thermal, inkjet and impact printers and terminals generate labels and transaction records, such as receipts, tickets, coupons, register journals and other documents, as well as printed logging, and plotting of oil field and well drilling data. Its products are sold under the AccuDate, Ithaca, RESPONDER, Epic, EPICENTRAL and Printrex brand names. It focuses on various markets, such as food safety, banking and point-of-sale (POS), casino and gaming, lottery and Printrex, Inc. (Printrex), which serves the oil and gas, medical and mobile printing markets.

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