Comparing of iQIYI Inc. (IQ) and VeriSign Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSN)

As Internet Information Providers companies, iQIYI Inc. (NASDAQ:IQ) and VeriSign Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSN) are our subject to contrast. And more specifically their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
iQIYI Inc. N/A 0.00 N/A -2.42 0.00
VeriSign Inc. 1.21B 17.88 582.49M 4.71 37.58

Table 1 shows gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation of the two companies.


Table 2 demonstrates the return on assets, net margins and return on equity of iQIYI Inc. and VeriSign Inc.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
iQIYI Inc. 0.00% -77.7% -25.4%
VeriSign Inc. 48.14% -43.1% 27%


The Current Ratio and Quick Ratio of iQIYI Inc. are 1 and 0.9 respectively. Its competitor VeriSign Inc.’s Current Ratio is 1.4 and its Quick Ratio is 1.4. VeriSign Inc. can pay off short and long-term obligations better than iQIYI Inc.

Analyst Recommendations

iQIYI Inc. and VeriSign Inc. Recommendations and Ratings are available in the next table.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
iQIYI Inc. 0 0 0 0.00
VeriSign Inc. 0 2 1 2.33

Competitively VeriSign Inc. has a consensus target price of $177.5, with potential downside of -2.17%.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

iQIYI Inc. and VeriSign Inc. has shares held by institutional investors as follows: 38% and 97.3%. Insiders held 51.33% of iQIYI Inc. shares. Insiders Competitively, held 1.1% of VeriSign Inc. shares.


Here are the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
iQIYI Inc. -1.3% 32.5% 33.84% -12.27% 0% 79.29%
VeriSign Inc. -0.71% 4.46% 13.46% 11.36% 53.73% 19.24%

For the past year iQIYI Inc.’s stock price has bigger growth than VeriSign Inc.


On 10 of the 11 factors VeriSign Inc. beats iQIYI Inc.

iQIYI, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides online entertainment services under the iQIYI brand name in China. It operates a platform that provides a collection of Internet video content, including professionally-produced content licensed from professional content providers and self-produced content. The company also operates movie theaters in China. In addition, it provides membership, content distribution, live broadcasting, and online gaming services. The company was formerly known as, Inc. and changed its name to iQIYI, Inc. in November 2017. iQIYI, Inc. was incorporated in 2009 and is based in Beijing, China. iQIYI, Inc. is a subsidiary of Baidu Holdings Limited.

VeriSign, Inc. provides domain name registry services and Internet security worldwide. The company offers registry services that operate the authoritative directory of .com, .net, .cc, .tv, and .name domain names, as well as the back-end systems for .gov, .jobs, .edu, and other domain names. Its registry services allow individuals and organizations to establish their online identities. The company also provides infrastructure assurance services consisting of distributed denial of service protection services, Verisign iDefense security intelligence services, and managed domain name system services. It serves financial institutions, software-as-a-service providers, e-commerce providers, and media companies, as well as governmental and quasi-governmental organizations through direct sales and indirect channels. VeriSign, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.


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