Advent Software (NASDAQ: ADVS) and Workiva (NYSE:WK) are both technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitabiliy, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Advent Software and Workiva, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Advent Software 0 0 0 0 N/A
Workiva 0 3 2 0 2.40

Workiva has a consensus target price of $18.60, indicating a potential downside of 1.85%. Given Workiva’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Workiva is more favorable than Advent Software.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Advent Software and Workiva’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Advent Software N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Workiva $186.00 million 4.22 -$33.74 million ($0.92) -20.60

Advent Software has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Workiva.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

41.4% of Workiva shares are held by institutional investors. 33.4% of Workiva 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.

Profitability

This table compares Advent Software and Workiva’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Advent Software 4.92% N/A 4.74%
Workiva -20.31% -13,251.94% -28.21%

Summary

Workiva beats Advent Software on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Advent Software

Advent Software, Inc. (Advent) is a provider of software products and services. The Company offers software products and services for automating and integrating data and work flows across the investment management organization, as well as between the investment management organization and external parties. The Company is engaged in the development and marketing of software products, software-as-a-service, hosting services, data interfaces, and related maintenance and services that automate, integrate and support investment management organizations around the world. The Company has a cloud platform, Advent Direct, and a portfolio management platform, Geneva. The Company’s products include Advent Portfolio Exchange, Black Diamond, Axys, Moxy, Advent Rules Manager, Tamale RMS, Syncova calculation solutions, Tradex and Advent General Ledger Exchange. It also offers Data and Data Integration Services, Maintenance and Support Services, Professional Services and an Alliance Program.

About Workiva

Workiva Inc. provides enterprises with cloud solutions for improving productivity, accountability and insight into business data. The Company created Wdesk, a collaborative work management platform for organizations to collect, link, report and analyze their business data. Wdesk’s word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications are integrated and built upon a data management engine, offering synchronized data, controlled collaboration, granular permissions and a full audit trail. As of December 31, 2016, it provided its platform to over 2,700 organizations. Wdesk enables coworkers to create, review and publish data-linked documents and reports with control, accuracy and productivity. With Wdesk data linking, changes are automatically updated in all linked instances, including numbers, text, charts and graphics throughout a customer’s spreadsheets, word-processing documents and presentation decks in the Wdesk platform.

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