Amber Road (NYSE: AMBR) and SS&C Technologies Holdings (NASDAQ:SSNC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitabiliy, valuation, risk and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Amber Road and SS&C Technologies Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Amber Road 0 0 4 0 3.00
SS&C Technologies Holdings 0 1 5 0 2.83

Amber Road presently has a consensus price target of $12.50, indicating a potential upside of 62.34%. SS&C Technologies Holdings has a consensus price target of $41.00, indicating a potential upside of 9.57%. Given Amber Road’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Amber Road is more favorable than SS&C Technologies Holdings.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Amber Road and SS&C Technologies Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Amber Road $74.75 million 2.79 -$11.68 million ($0.63) -12.22
SS&C Technologies Holdings $1.60 billion 4.78 $580.87 million $0.94 39.81

SS&C Technologies Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Amber Road. Amber Road is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SS&C Technologies Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Amber Road and SS&C Technologies Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Amber Road -22.59% -50.37% -15.18%
SS&C Technologies Holdings 12.17% 14.90% 6.09%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

67.0% of Amber Road shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.5% of SS&C Technologies Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 13.1% of Amber Road shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 17.6% of SS&C Technologies Holdings shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

SS&C Technologies Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Amber Road does not pay a dividend. SS&C Technologies Holdings pays out 26.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

Amber Road has a beta of 0.8, suggesting that its stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SS&C Technologies Holdings has a beta of 1.12, suggesting that its stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

SS&C Technologies Holdings beats Amber Road on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Amber Road

Amber Road, Inc. is a provider of cloud-based global trade management (GTM) solutions. The Company’s GTM solutions include modules for logistics contract and rate management, supply chain visibility and event management, international trade compliance, and Global Knowledge trade content database to importers and exporters, non-vessel owning common carriers (resellers), and ocean carriers. The Company delivers its GTM solution using a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. The Company’s solution automates the global supply chain across sourcing, logistics, cross-border trade and regulatory compliance activities. The Company’s GTM solution combines enterprise-class software, trade content sourced from government agencies and transportation providers in approximately 145 countries, and a global supply chain network connecting its customers with the trading partners, including suppliers, freight forwarders, customs brokers and transportation carriers.

About SS&C Technologies Holdings

SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of software products and software-enabled services that allow financial services providers to automate complex business processes and manage their information processing requirements. The Company’s portfolio of software products and software-enabled services allows its clients to automate and integrate front-office functions, such as trading and modeling, middle-office functions, such as portfolio management and reporting, and back-office functions, such as accounting, performance measurement, reconciliation, reporting, processing and clearing. The Company provides its solutions across the globe to over 11,000 clients, principally within the institutional asset and wealth management, alternative investment management, financial advisory and financial institutions vertical markets. Its portfolio includes over 90 products and software-enabled services.

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