SECOM LTD/ADR (OTCMKTS:SOMLY) and COSCO SHIPPING/ADR (OTCMKTS:CICOY) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for SECOM LTD/ADR and COSCO SHIPPING/ADR, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score

Volatility and Risk

SECOM LTD/ADR has a beta of 0.33, meaning that its share price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, COSCO SHIPPING/ADR has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SECOM LTD/ADR and COSCO SHIPPING/ADR’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SECOM LTD/ADR $9.18 billion 2.10 $807.98 million $0.96 22.96
COSCO SHIPPING/ADR $181.84 billion 0.02 $185.86 million $0.08 22.50

SECOM LTD/ADR has higher earnings, but lower revenue than COSCO SHIPPING/ADR. COSCO SHIPPING/ADR is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SECOM LTD/ADR, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.2% of SECOM LTD/ADR shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


SECOM LTD/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. COSCO SHIPPING/ADR does not pay a dividend. SECOM LTD/ADR pays out 27.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares SECOM LTD/ADR and COSCO SHIPPING/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SECOM LTD/ADR 8.31% 7.39% 4.71%


SECOM LTD/ADR beats COSCO SHIPPING/ADR on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.


SECOM CO., LTD. provides security services in Japan and internationally. The company provides online security; remote imaging security; and building management systems for condominiums and apartments, shops, offices, warehouses, factories, and other commercial and industrial establishments, as well as financial institutions; emergency medical alert system for seniors; large-scale proprietary; and camera systems. It also offers automatic fire alarm, environmental monitoring systems, and fire and smoke control systems; foam, dry chemical, and inert gas fire extinguishing systems, as well as fire sprinklers; inspection, maintenance, and repair services; and parking lot control systems, as well as assembles and sells printed circuit boards. In addition, the company provides pharmaceutical and home nursing services, and consulting and support services for physicians; caregivers to assist with personal hygiene and other daily activities; housekeeping services; electronic medical report system for home medical care; remote image diagnosis support services; robots that enable people with impaired upper body mobility to eat with minimal assistance; residences for seniors; and health care club services. Further, it offers fire, cancer treatment, and automobile insurance products, as well as hospital referrals and treatment related consulting services; geographic information services; and data center, disaster response, information security, and cloud-based services. Additionally, the company develops and sells condominiums and suites; leases and manages real estate properties; sells security, medical, water-treatment, and air-conditioning equipment; operates PFI correctional facilities, pharmacies, and restaurants and shops at medical facilities; and offers electrical engineering, employment agency, general office, credit, printing, software development, lifestyle support, and car maintenance services. The company was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.


COSCO SHIPPING Holdings Co., Ltd., an investment holding company, engages in the container shipping, container terminals, and other businesses worldwide. The company operates Container Shipping and Related Business, Container Terminal and Related Business, and Corporate and Other Operations segments. It offers container transportation, container stack, cargo storage, shipping agency, freight forwarding and transportation, logistics, vessel chartering, marine, document, vessel management and manning, liner agency, vessel owning, and other international sea transportation services. The company also provides technology services and solutions, as well as management and finance services; and designs and manufactures computer software. As of December 31, 2018, it operated a fleet of 477 container vessels with a total shipping capacity of 2,758,813 TEU. The company was formerly known as China COSCO Holdings Company Limited and changed its name to COSCO SHIPPING Holdings Co., Ltd. in November 2016. COSCO SHIPPING Holdings Co., Ltd. was founded in 2005 and is based in Shanghai, the People's Republic of China.

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