Cicero (OTCMKTS:CICN) & Perficient (OTCMKTS:PRFT) Critical Review

Perficient (NASDAQ:PRFT) and Cicero (OTCMKTS:CICN) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Perficient and Cicero, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perficient 0 0 6 0 3.00
Cicero 0 0 0 0 N/A

Perficient presently has a consensus target price of $34.50, suggesting a potential downside of 0.38%. Given Perficient’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Perficient is more favorable than Cicero.

Profitability

This table compares Perficient and Cicero’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Perficient 5.21% 11.50% 7.51%
Cicero -228.14% N/A -678.91%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Perficient and Cicero’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Perficient $498.38 million 2.29 $24.56 million $1.21 28.62
Cicero $850,000.00 1.52 -$2.07 million N/A N/A

Perficient has higher revenue and earnings than Cicero.

Risk and Volatility

Perficient has a beta of 0.91, meaning that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cicero has a beta of 0.02, meaning that its share price is 98% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

88.3% of Perficient shares are held by institutional investors. 2.9% of Perficient shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 89.0% of Cicero 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.

Summary

Perficient beats Cicero on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Perficient Company Profile

Perficient, Inc. provides information technology and management consulting services in the United States. The company designs, builds, and delivers solutions using middleware software products developed by third-party vendors. Its solutions include portals and collaboration, such as searchable data systems, collaborative systems for process improvement, transaction processing, unified and extended reporting, commerce, content management, and other services; and platform implementations services, including application server selection, architecture planning, installation and configuration, clustering for availability, performance assessment and issue remediation, security, and technology migrations. The company also offers management consulting services in the areas of organizational change management, business analytics, project management, process excellence, and other; and cloud services comprising architecture, business value and health checks assessments, strategy and road maps, and vendor evaluation and selection services. In addition, it provides digital marketing services, including search engine marketing, user experience and design, and conversion rate optimization; commerce solutions; and content management solutions. Further, the company offers business analytics; custom applications; business integration; business process management; customer relationship management; enterprise data and business intelligence; enterprise performance management; DevOps; and enterprise mobile solutions. It serves the healthcare, financial services, automotive and transportation, retail and consumer goods, manufacturing, electronics and computer hardware, telecommunications, business services and leisure, media and entertainment, and energy and utilities markets. Perficient, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

Cicero Company Profile

Cicero Inc. provides business integration software solutions in the United States and Europe. The company's software enables organizations to integrate new and existing information and processes at the desktop; and addresses the need for a company's information systems to deliver enterprise-wide views of their business information processes. It offers Cicero Discovery, a configurable tool to collect activity and application performance data, and track business objects across time and multiple users, as well as measure against a defined expected business process flow; and Cicero Insight, a measurement and analytics solution that collects and presents information about quality, productivity, compliance, and revenue from frontline activity to target areas for improvement. The company also provides Cicero Automation that delivers features of the Cicero Discovery product, as well as desktop automation for enterprise contact center and back office employees; integrates applications and automates workflow; and control and adaptability at the end user desktop. In addition, it offers technical support, training, and consulting services. The company sells its products and services directly, as well as through distributors and other intermediaries who resell it to end-users. It serves financial services, insurance, telecommunications, and healthcare industries; and business process outsourcers, as well as intelligence, security, law enforcement, and other governmental organizations. The company was formerly known as Level 8 Systems, Inc. and changed its name to Cicero Inc. in January 2007. Cicero Inc. was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina.

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