Cass Information Systems (NASDAQ:CASS) and China Recycling Energy (NASDAQ:CREG) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.
Cass Information Systems pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. China Recycling Energy does not pay a dividend. Cass Information Systems has raised its dividend for 14 consecutive years.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Cass Information Systems and China Recycling Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Cass Information Systems||$135.30 million||5.64||$25.01 million||N/A||N/A|
|China Recycling Energy||$10,000.00||870.45||-$8.99 million||N/A||N/A|
Cass Information Systems has higher revenue and earnings than China Recycling Energy.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Cass Information Systems and China Recycling Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Cass Information Systems||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|China Recycling Energy||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Institutional & Insider Ownership
44.3% of Cass Information Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.2% of China Recycling Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 4.9% of Cass Information Systems shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 33.2% of China Recycling Energy shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Cass Information Systems and China Recycling Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Cass Information Systems||19.68%||13.43%||1.87%|
|China Recycling Energy||N/A||-6.97%||-4.88%|
Risk & Volatility
Cass Information Systems has a beta of 0.76, meaning that its share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Recycling Energy has a beta of 2, meaning that its share price is 100% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Cass Information Systems beats China Recycling Energy on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Cass Information Systems
Cass Information Systems, Inc. engages in the provision of payment and information processing services to large manufacturing, distribution and retail enterprises. It operates through the following segments: Information Services and Banking Services. The Information Services segment provides transportation, energy, telecommunication, and environmental invoice processing and payment services to large corporations. The Banking Services segment provides banking services primarily to privately held businesses and faith-based ministries. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in St. Louis, MO.
About China Recycling Energy
China Recycling Energy Corporation engages in the recycling energy business in China. It designs, finances, constructs, operates, and transfers waste energy recycling projects to mid- to large-size enterprises involved in high energy-consuming businesses. The company offers waste pressure-to-energy solutions, including the blast furnace top gas recovery turbine unit, a system that utilizes high pressure gas emitted from the blast furnace top to drive turbine units and generates electricity; and waste heat-to-energy solutions, such as heat power generation projects for applications in cement, steel, coking coal, and nonferrous metal industries, which collect the residual heat from various manufacturing processes. It also provides waste gas-to-energy solutions comprising the waste gas power generation system that utilizes flammable waste gas from coal mining, petroleum exploitation, refinery processing, or other sources as a fuel source to generate electricity; and the combined cycle power plant, which employs power generating cycle to utilize the waste gas that generates electricity by burning the flammable waste gas in a gas turbine, as well as uses the waste heat from burning the gas to make steam to generate additional electricity through a steam turbine. In addition, the company offers biomass power generation systems (BMPG); and waste heat power generation (WHPG) systems; and project investment, investment management, economic information consulting, technical, and financial leasing services, as well as leases energy saving systems and equipment. As of December 31, 2017, it had five recycling WHPG systems and four BMPG systems. The company was formerly known as China Digital Wireless, Inc. and changed its name to China Recycling Energy Corporation in March 2007. China Recycling Energy Corporation was incorporated in 1980 and is headquartered in Xi’an, China.
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