Head-To-Head Review: InfoNow (OTCMKTS:INOW) and ScanSource (OTCMKTS:SCSC)

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InfoNow (OTCMKTS:INOW) and ScanSource (NASDAQ:SCSC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation and risk.

Risk and Volatility

InfoNow has a beta of 1.77, indicating that its stock price is 77% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ScanSource has a beta of 1.32, indicating that its stock price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares InfoNow and ScanSource’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
InfoNow N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
ScanSource $3.05 billion 0.17 -$192.65 million $2.05 9.80

InfoNow has higher earnings, but lower revenue than ScanSource.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for InfoNow and ScanSource, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
InfoNow 0 0 0 0 N/A
ScanSource 0 0 1 0 3.00

ScanSource has a consensus target price of $24.00, suggesting a potential upside of 19.40%. Given ScanSource’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe ScanSource is more favorable than InfoNow.

Profitability

This table compares InfoNow and ScanSource’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
InfoNow N/A N/A N/A
ScanSource -5.50% 6.11% 2.54%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.4% of ScanSource shares are owned by institutional investors. 22.3% of InfoNow shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.9% of ScanSource shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

ScanSource beats InfoNow on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

InfoNow Company Profile

InfoNow Corporation provides on-demand software as a service based channel management solutions to Fortune 1000 companies. It offers Channelinsight Channel Sales Management, which helps in the automated collection, matching, standardization, and enrichment of channel data. The Channelinsight Channel Sales Management includes Channelinsight Partner Network, which provides partner coverage through access to distributors, resellers, and retailers reporting detailed point-of-sale (POS) and inventory data; Channelinsight Directory, which provides the view of high-tech resellers and end customers worldwide; and Channelinsight Operations Manager, which helps in validating, tracking, organizing, and segmenting partner POS and inventory data by user-specified attributes. The company also offers Channel Sales Management Application Suite that comprises Channelinsight Analytics, which provides business users and analysts with near real-time visibility into channel performance; Channelinsight for Salesforce, which helps in managing channel sales; Channelinsight Inventory Manager, which helps in optimizing channel inventory; Channelinsight Discount Manager, which helps in eliminating over discounting; and Channelinsight Incentive Manager, which helps in maximizing incentive programs performance. In addition, it offers Channelinsight Express, which provides access to real-time point-of-sale data for the mid-market; and DataConnect, a tool that automatically extracts, processes, formats, and sends sales data for a specific manufacturer to manufacturer's data collection portal. Further, the company provides services, such as best practices assessment, customer master cleanup, channel custom data exports and imports, master data integration support, and analytics consulting services. It serves high-tech distribution, financial services, consumer electronics, semiconductor, and industrial sectors. InfoNow Corporation was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

ScanSource Company Profile

ScanSource, Inc. distributes technology products and solutions in North America, Latin America, and Europe. It operates in two segments, Worldwide Barcode, Networking & Security (WW Barcode, Networking & Security); and Worldwide Communications & Services (WW Communications & Services). The WW Barcode, Networking & Security segment offers a portfolio of solutions primarily for enterprise mobile computing, data capture, barcode printing, point of sale (POS), payments, networking, electronic physical security, cyber security, and other technologies. This segment offers data capture and POS solutions to automate the collection, processing, and communication of information for commercial and industrial applications, including retail sales, distribution, shipping, inventory control, materials handling, warehouse management, and health care applications. It also provides electronic physical security products, such as identification, access control, video surveillance, intrusion-related, and wireless and networking infrastructure products; and video conferencing, cloud, POS portal, and other services. The WW Communications & Services segment offers a portfolio of solutions primarily for communications technologies and services comprising voice, video conferencing, wireless, data networking, cable, unified communications and collaboration, cloud, and technology services, as well as IP networks and other solutions for various vertical markets comprising education, healthcare, and government. It also provides professional, contact center, and infrastructure services; and distributes communications technologies, digital networks, and cyber security products. The company also offers pre-sale business tools and value-added services that include market and technology solution, education and training, product configuration tool, technical support, logistics, and channel financial services. ScanSource, Inc. was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina.

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