Critical Contrast: Cadence Design Systems (NASDAQ:CDNS) vs. International Card Establishment (OTCMKTS:ICRD)

International Card Establishment (OTCMKTS:ICRDGet Rating) and Cadence Design Systems (NASDAQ:CDNSGet Rating) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.


This table compares International Card Establishment and Cadence Design Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
International Card Establishment N/A N/A N/A
Cadence Design Systems 23.59% 31.01% 19.29%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for International Card Establishment and Cadence Design Systems, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
International Card Establishment 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cadence Design Systems 1 3 7 0 2.55

Cadence Design Systems has a consensus target price of $186.73, indicating a potential upside of 29.46%. Given Cadence Design Systems’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cadence Design Systems is more favorable than International Card Establishment.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares International Card Establishment and Cadence Design Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
International Card Establishment N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cadence Design Systems $2.99 billion 13.29 $695.96 million $2.67 53.95

Cadence Design Systems has higher revenue and earnings than International Card Establishment.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

84.1% of Cadence Design Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Cadence Design Systems shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Cadence Design Systems beats International Card Establishment on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About International Card Establishment (Get Rating)

International Card Establishment, Inc. provides merchant services in the United States. It offers payment processing services for brick and mortar merchants; proprietary gift and loyalty program; gift cards with customized artwork; various merchant terminals and accessories; leasing program; customer support; and agent program. The company is headquartered in Camarillo, California.

About Cadence Design Systems (Get Rating)

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. provides software, hardware, services, and reusable integrated circuit (IC) design blocks worldwide. The company offers functional verification services, including emulation and prototyping hardware. Its functional verification offering consists of JasperGold, a formal verification platform; Xcelium, a parallel logic simulation platform; Palladium, an enterprise emulation platform; and Protium, a prototyping platform for chip verification. The company also provides digital IC design and sign off products, including Genus logic synthesis and Joules RTL power solutions, as well as Modus software solution to reduce systems-on-chip design-for-test time; physical implementation tools, such as place and route, optimization, and multiple patterning preparation; and signoff products to signoff the design as ready for silicon manufacturing. In addition, it offers custom IC design and simulation products to create schematic and physical representations of circuits down to the transistor level for analog, mixed-signal, custom digital, memory, and radio frequency designs; and system design and analysis products to develop printed circuit boards and IC packages, as well as to analyze electromagnetic, electro-thermal, and other multi-physics effects. Further, the company provides intellectual property (IP) products comprising pre-verified and customizable functional blocks to integrate into customer's ICs; and verification IP and memory models to emulate and model the expected behavior and interaction of standard industry system interface protocols. Additionally, it offers services related to methodology, education, and hosted design solutions, as well as technical support and maintenance services. The company serves 5G communications, aerospace and defense, automotive, industrial and healthcare, mobile, consumer, and hyperscale computing markets. Cadence Design Systems, Inc. was incorporated in 1987 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

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