CounterPath Corporation (NASDAQ: CPAH) and EnerNOC (NASDAQ:ENOC) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitabiliy, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

CounterPath Corporation has a beta of -0.67, suggesting that its share price is 167% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EnerNOC has a beta of 0.26, suggesting that its share price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for CounterPath Corporation and EnerNOC, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CounterPath Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
EnerNOC 0 5 0 0 2.00

EnerNOC has a consensus target price of $8.56, indicating a potential upside of 11.85%. Given EnerNOC’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe EnerNOC is more favorable than CounterPath Corporation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CounterPath Corporation and EnerNOC’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CounterPath Corporation $10.69 million 1.19 -$2.84 million ($0.51) -5.04
EnerNOC $398.69 million 0.57 -$245,000.00 ($1.47) -5.20

EnerNOC has higher revenue and earnings than CounterPath Corporation. EnerNOC is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CounterPath Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares CounterPath Corporation and EnerNOC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CounterPath Corporation -23.00% -32.01% -21.23%
EnerNOC -10.51% -42.33% -11.84%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

6.0% of CounterPath Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.9% of EnerNOC shares are owned by institutional investors. 37.1% of CounterPath Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.4% of EnerNOC shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

EnerNOC beats CounterPath Corporation on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CounterPath Corporation

CounterPath Corporation designs, develops and sells software and services that enable enterprises and telecommunication service providers to deliver unified communications (UC) services, including voice, video, messaging and collaboration functionality, over their Internet Protocol (IP)-based networks. The Company’s solutions range from software products to cloud-based services. Its software products include applications for smartphones, tablets and desktop computers, a Software Development Kit (SDK) for software developers seeking to add voice, video and messaging capabilities to their existing applications, and server-based software solutions for configuring, managing and supporting softphones and for deploying messaging and collaboration services. These software products are also available to customers in the form of cloud-based hosted services. The Company is focused on selling its software products to enterprises, telecommunication service providers and channel partners.

About EnerNOC

EnerNOC, Inc. is a provider of energy intelligence software (EIS) and demand response solutions. The Company’s EIS provides enterprise solutions, utility solutions and energy procurement solutions. The Company’s EIS offers enterprise customers with a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions with various areas of functionalities, including energy cost visualization, budgets, forecasts and accruals; project tracking, and demand management. Its EIS provides its utility customers with a SaaS-based customer engagement platform, which collects and processes data and enables its utility customers to provide personalized communication and recommendations to their customers. Its EIS includes an energy procurement platform that helps its enterprise and utility customers. Its procurement platform offers its enterprise and utility customers with features, such as energy contracts management. Its technology includes over two components: its EIS platform and Network Operations Center (NOC).

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