Reviewing Pitney Bowes (PBI) & Identive Group (INVE)

Original Source    2018-04-25 05:04

Pitney Bowes (NYSE: PBI) and Identive Group (NASDAQ:INVE) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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75.6% of Pitney Bowes shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.1% of Identive Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.5% of Pitney Bowes shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of Identive Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Pitney Bowes and Identive Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pitney Bowes 7.36% 388.23% 4.16%
Identive Group -13.52% -32.68% -10.37%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Pitney Bowes and Identive Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pitney Bowes 1 1 1 0 2.00
Identive Group 0 0 1 0 3.00

Pitney Bowes presently has a consensus target price of $14.50, suggesting a potential upside of 36.02%. Identive Group has a consensus target price of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 194.12%. Given Identive Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Identive Group is more favorable than Pitney Bowes.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Pitney Bowes and Identive Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pitney Bowes $3.55 billion 0.56 $261.34 million $1.41 7.56
Identive Group $60.22 million 0.85 -$8.13 million ($0.38) -8.95

Pitney Bowes has higher revenue and earnings than Identive Group. Identive Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Pitney Bowes, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Pitney Bowes has a beta of 1.13, meaning that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Identive Group has a beta of -0.25, meaning that its stock price is 125% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Pitney Bowes pays an annual dividend of $0.75 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.0%. Identive Group does not pay a dividend. Pitney Bowes pays out 53.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


Pitney Bowes beats Identive Group on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pitney Bowes Company Profile

Pitney Bowes Inc. offers customer information management, location intelligence, and customer engagement products and solutions in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Small & Medium Business Solutions; Enterprise Business Solutions; and Digital Commerce Solutions. The Small & Medium Business Solutions segment provides mailing and office solutions; and financing services and supplies for small and medium businesses. The Enterprise Business Solutions segment offers equipment and services that enable large enterprises to process inbound and outbound mail. This segment also provides production mail inserting and sortation equipment, production print systems, and supplies and related support services, as well as mail presort services. The Digital Commerce Solutions segment provides a range of solutions, including customer information management, location intelligence, customer engagement software, shipping management, and cross border e-commerce solutions as traditional software licenses, enterprise platforms, software-as-a-service, and on-demand applications, as well as offers related support services. The company also provides revolving credit and interest-bearing deposit solutions. Pitney Bowes Inc. markets its products through sales force, direct mailings, telemarketing, and Web and partner channels. The company was formerly known as Pitney Bowes Postage Meter Company. Pitney Bowes Inc. was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.

Identive Group Company Profile

Identiv, Inc. operates as a security technology company that secures and manages access to physical places, things, and information primarily in the Americas, Europe, the Middle-East, and the Asia-Pacific. Its Premises segment offers modular Hirsch MX controllers that allow customers to start with a small system and expand over time; Hirsch Velocity software platform for centralized management of access and security operations across an organization; federal identity, credential and acess management architecture, an access control system; TouchSecure door readers that provide various features to support security standards; and global services to support system design, deployment, and managed services across customers premises security lifecycle. Its Identity segment provides smart card readers, which include various contact, contactless, portable, and mobile smart card readers, as well as tokens and terminals to enable logical access, and security and identification applications, such as national ID, payment, e-health, and e-government. Its Credentials segment provides NFC and radio frequency identification products, including inlays and inlay-based, and other cards; and labels, tags, and stickers, as well as other radio frequency and integrated circuits components for use in various applications, such as virtual reality, games, loyalty cards, mobile payment systems, transit and event ticketing, and brand authenticity from pharmaceuticals to consumer goods, hospital resource management, cold-chain management, and others. Its All Other segment provides chip drives and digital media readers. Identiv, Inc. markets and sells its products through original equipment manufacturers, dealers, systems integrators, value added resellers, resellers, and Internet, as well as directly to end users. The company was formerly known as Identive Group, Inc. and changed its name to Identiv, Inc. in May 2014. Identiv, Inc. was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Fremont, California.

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