Hortonworks (NASDAQ: HDP) and Xactly Corp (NASDAQ:XTLY) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, profitabiliy and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Hortonworks and Xactly Corp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hortonworks $199.09 million 2.88 -$233.19 million ($4.05) -3.43
Xactly Corp $96.84 million 5.19 -$12.24 million N/A N/A

Xactly Corp has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Hortonworks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Hortonworks and Xactly Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hortonworks 1 4 9 0 2.57
Xactly Corp 0 6 2 0 2.25

Hortonworks currently has a consensus target price of $15.45, indicating a potential upside of 11.34%. Xactly Corp has a consensus target price of $17.24, indicating a potential upside of 10.18%. Given Hortonworks’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Hortonworks is more favorable than Xactly Corp.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

49.8% of Hortonworks shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.0% of Hortonworks shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Hortonworks and Xactly Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hortonworks -120.94% -765.37% -98.80%
Xactly Corp -16.69% -270.92% -18.84%


Hortonworks beats Xactly Corp on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Xactly Corp Company Profile

Xactly Corporation is a provider of cloud-based incentive compensation solutions for employee and sales performance management. The Company delivers its solutions through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business model. The Company has a customer base, including companies in various industries, such as business and financial services, communications, life sciences, media and Internet, SaaS and traditional software, and retail. Its SaaS solutions are delivered through a cloud-based platform. Its solutions support finance, sales, compensation administrators, information technology and human resources personnel in designing, processing and managing incentive compensation. The Company offers products, including Xactly Incent Enterprise, Xactly Incent Express, Xactly Objectives, Xactly Territories, Xactly Insights, Xactly Quota, Xactly Incent Views, Xactly Inspire and Xactly Connect.

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