Reviewing support.com (SPRT) and Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS)
support.com (NASDAQ: SPRT) and Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.
This table compares support.com and Qualys’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for support.com and Qualys, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Qualys has a consensus price target of $44.73, indicating a potential downside of 3.29%. Given Qualys’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Qualys is more favorable than support.com.
Volatility and Risk
support.com has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Qualys has a beta of 0.93, indicating that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
35.2% of support.com shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.3% of Qualys shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.5% of support.com shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 30.2% of Qualys shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares support.com and Qualys’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|support.com||$59.35 million||0.69||-$10.46 million||($0.71)||-3.11|
|Qualys||$211.63 million||8.09||$53.13 million||$1.02||45.34|
Qualys has higher revenue and earnings than support.com. support.com is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Qualys, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Qualys beats support.com on 12 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
Support.com, Inc. is a provider of cloud-based software and services for technology support. The Company offers outsourced support services for service providers, retailers, Internet of Things (IoT) solution providers and technology companies. It offers technology support services programs for both the consumer and small business markets, and includes computer and mobile device set-up, security and support, virus and malware removal, wireless network set-up, and home security and automation system support. Its cloud-based offering, Nexus, is a software-as-a-service solution for companies to support interactions with their customers. Its end user software products are designed to maintain, optimize and secure computers and mobile devices. Its principal software products include products designed for malware protection and removal (SUPERAntiSpyware); personal computer (PC), smartphone and tablet maintenance and optimization (Cosmos), and PC registry cleaning and repair (ARO).
Qualys, Inc. is a provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions. The Company’s solutions enable organizations to identify security risks to their information technology (IT) infrastructures, help protect their IT systems and applications from cyber-attacks. Its suite of security and compliance solutions delivered on its Qualys Cloud Platform enables its customers to identify their IT assets, collect and analyze IT security data, discover and prioritize vulnerabilities, recommend remediation actions and verify the implementation of such actions. Its Qualys Cloud Platform consists of a suite of IT security and compliance solutions. The Qualys Cloud Suite includes solutions, such as Vulnerability Management, Continuous Monitoring, Cloud Agent, AssetView, ThreatPROTECT, Policy Compliance, Payment Card Industry Compliance, Security Assessment Questionnaire, Web Application Scanning and Web Application Firewall. It provides its solutions through a software-as-a-service model.
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