ImageWare Systems (OTCMKTS:IWSY – Get Rating) and Okta (NASDAQ:OKTA – Get Rating) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
3.9% of ImageWare Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.0% of Okta shares are held by institutional investors. 37.7% of ImageWare Systems shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.4% of Okta shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Volatility and Risk
ImageWare Systems has a beta of 1.96, indicating that its share price is 96% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Okta has a beta of 1.15, indicating that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.
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Okta has a consensus target price of $86.71, suggesting a potential upside of 10.63%. Given Okta’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Okta is more favorable than ImageWare Systems.
This table compares ImageWare Systems and Okta’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Valuation & Earnings
This table compares ImageWare Systems and Okta’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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|ImageWare Systems||$3.47 million||0.02||$9.28 million||N/A||N/A|
|Okta||$1.86 billion||9.58||-$815.00 million||($5.17)||-15.16|
ImageWare Systems has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Okta.
ImageWare Systems beats Okta on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
About ImageWare Systems
ImageWare Systems, Inc. engages in the development of mobile and cloud-based identity management solutions and the provision of patented biometric authentication solutions for the enterprise. Its digital identity solutions include the ImageWare digital identity platform, identity proofing, identity authentication, and identity management. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in San Diego, CA.
Okta, Inc. engages in the provision of an identity management platform for enterprises. It operates through the United States and International geographical segments. The firm’s products include single sign-on, multi-factor authentication, API access management, authentication, user management, and lifecycle management. The company was founded by Todd McKinnon and J. Frederic Kerrest in 2009 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
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