MongoDB (NASDAQ: MDB) and Smith Micro Software (NASDAQ:SMSI) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for MongoDB and Smith Micro Software, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MongoDB 0 4 4 0 2.50
Smith Micro Software 0 0 0 0 N/A

MongoDB currently has a consensus price target of $33.83, suggesting a potential upside of 15.83%. Given MongoDB’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe MongoDB is more favorable than Smith Micro Software.

Profitability

This table compares MongoDB and Smith Micro Software’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MongoDB N/A N/A N/A
Smith Micro Software -39.83% -265.05% -37.51%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares MongoDB and Smith Micro Software’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MongoDB N/A N/A N/A ($1.78) -16.41
Smith Micro Software $28.24 million 1.02 -$14.51 million ($0.73) -2.77

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

13.9% of Smith Micro Software shares are held by institutional investors. 22.0% of Smith Micro Software shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

MongoDB beats Smith Micro Software on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About MongoDB

MongoDB, Inc. offers MongoDB, a general purpose database platform. Its platform is designed to run applications at scale across a broad range of use cases in the cloud, on-premise or in a hybrid environment. Its primary subscription package is MongoDB Enterprise Advanced, which includes its proprietary database server, security, enterprise management capabilities, its graphical user interface, analytics integrations and technical support. It also offers MongoDB Atlas, its cloud hosted database-as-a-service (DBaaS) offering that includes infrastructure and management of its community server offering. The Company’s The MongoDB enterprise database server, called Enterprise Server, is its proprietary database. The Company’s other products include Community Server, a free-to-download version of its database and MongoDB Stitch, a backend-as-a-service. The Company also provides professional services to its customers, including consulting and training.

About Smith Micro Software

Smith Micro Software, Inc. is a provider of software solutions. The Company operates through two segments: Wireless and Graphics. The Company offers multi-platform, modular solutions organized into three product families, including NetWise, CommSuite and QuickLink. For mobile network operators, NetWise helps reduce cellular congestion and optimize data traffic across third-generation (3G), fourth-generation (4G) and wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) networks. Graphics segment includes its consumer-based products, such as Poser, Anime Studio, Manga Studio, MotionArtist and StuffIt. The Graphics segment develops a range of software, including graphic design and animation, compression and personal computer (PC)/Mac utilities, for consumers, professional artists and educators. The Company also offers Family Safety platform for family locator and parental controls.

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