Sourcefire (NASDAQ: FIRE) and SS&C Technologies Holdings (NASDAQ:SSNC) are both technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends and earnings.

Dividends

SS&C Technologies Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Sourcefire does not pay a dividend. SS&C Technologies Holdings pays out 29.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sourcefire N/A N/A N/A
SS&C Technologies Holdings 12.17% 14.90% 6.09%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Sourcefire 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
Sourcefire N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
SS&C Technologies Holdings $1.60 billion 4.95 $580.87 million $0.94 41.06

SS&C Technologies Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Sourcefire.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Sourcefire and SS&C Technologies Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sourcefire 0 0 0 0 N/A
SS&C Technologies Holdings 0 1 6 0 2.86

Sourcefire currently has a consensus price target of $2.50, suggesting a potential downside of 96.71%. SS&C Technologies Holdings has a consensus price target of $41.29, suggesting a potential upside of 6.96%. Given SS&C Technologies Holdings’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe SS&C Technologies Holdings is more favorable than Sourcefire.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.9% of SS&C Technologies Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 17.6% of SS&C Technologies Holdings shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

SS&C Technologies Holdings beats Sourcefire on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sourcefire

Sourcefire, Inc. (Sourcefire) is engaged in the business of delivering intelligent cybersecurity technologies. The Company provides a portfolio of solutions that enables commercial enterprises and government agencies worldwide to manage and minimize cybersecurity risks. Sourcefire provides customers with Agile Security that consists of hardware with embedded software, software and cloud-based solutions. It sells its solutions to a customer base that includes Global 2000 companies, global enterprises, the United States and international government agencies, and small and mid-size businesses. During the year ended December 31, 2012, it generated approximately 67% of the Company’s revenue from customers in the United States, and 33% of the Company’s revenue from customers outside of the United States. As of December 31, 2012, its product revenue and services revenue represented 61% and 39% of its total revenue, respectively.

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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