MAM Software Group (NASDAQ: MAMS) and Hortonworks (NASDAQ:HDP) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

31.2% of MAM Software Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.6% of Hortonworks shares are held by institutional investors. 39.6% of MAM Software Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 26.0% of Hortonworks shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for MAM Software Group and Hortonworks, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MAM Software Group 0 1 0 0 2.00
Hortonworks 1 3 12 0 2.69

MAM Software Group currently has a consensus target price of $6.00, suggesting a potential downside of 16.08%. Hortonworks has a consensus target price of $18.46, suggesting a potential upside of 12.23%. Given Hortonworks’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Hortonworks is more favorable than MAM Software Group.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares MAM Software Group and Hortonworks’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MAM Software Group $31.72 million 2.77 $4.32 million $0.30 23.83
Hortonworks $217.29 million 3.13 -$223.00 million ($3.80) -4.33

MAM Software Group has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Hortonworks. Hortonworks is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than MAM Software Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares MAM Software Group and Hortonworks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MAM Software Group 11.13% 59.94% 15.73%
Hortonworks -107.07% -765.37% -100.38%

Volatility & Risk

MAM Software Group has a beta of 0.09, suggesting that its stock price is 91% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hortonworks has a beta of 1.62, suggesting that its stock price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Hortonworks beats MAM Software Group on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

MAM Software Group Company Profile

MAM Software Group, Inc. (MAM) is a technology holding company. The Company is a provider of cloud-based business and on premise management solutions for the auto parts, tires and vertical distribution industries. Its segments include MAM UK and MAM NA. It operates through three subsidiaries: MAM Software, Inc. (MAM NA), MAM Software Limited (MAM Ltd.) and Origin Software Solutions Ltd. (Origin) (MAM Ltd. and Origin are collectively referred to as MAM UK). The Company provides software, information and related services to businesses engaged in the automotive aftermarket in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland. In the United Kingdom Market, it also provides management solutions to businesses involved in the wholesale of construction materials. Its products and services include business management systems, information products, online services, and customer support and consulting and training.

Hortonworks Company Profile

Hortonworks, Inc. is a provider and distributor of enterprise-scale data management software platforms. The Company’s product offerings include Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), Hortonworks Sandbox and Hortonworks DataFlow Platform (HDF). It provides support subscription offerings and related professional services for its enterprise-scale Connected Data Platforms, such as HDP and HDF. Its Data at Rest solution, the HDP, is an enterprise-scale data management platform built entirely on open source software, including Apache Hadoop. HDP combines computer servers with local storage and open source software technology to create a distributed compute and storage platform for data sets that is secure and scalable over petabytes of data within thousands of servers or nodes. Its Data in Motion solution, the HDF, is an enterprise-scale data ingest platform built entirely on open source software, including Apache NiFi.

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