Interactive Intelligence Group (NASDAQ: ININ) and SeaChange International (NASDAQ:SEAC) are both technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Interactive Intelligence Group and SeaChange International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Interactive Intelligence Group -4.92% -12.52% -4.48%
SeaChange International -85.83% -20.62% -13.31%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Interactive Intelligence Group and SeaChange International’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Interactive Intelligence Group N/A N/A N/A ($1.47) -41.16
SeaChange International $78.89 million 1.22 -$16.29 million ($1.93) -1.41

Interactive Intelligence Group has higher revenue, but lower earnings than SeaChange International. Interactive Intelligence Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SeaChange International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Interactive Intelligence Group has a beta of 1.89, suggesting that its share price is 89% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SeaChange International has a beta of 0.71, suggesting that its share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Interactive Intelligence Group and SeaChange International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Interactive Intelligence Group 0 5 1 0 2.17
SeaChange International 0 1 1 0 2.50

Interactive Intelligence Group presently has a consensus target price of $46.00, suggesting a potential downside of 23.97%. SeaChange International has a consensus target price of $4.50, suggesting a potential upside of 64.84%. Given SeaChange International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe SeaChange International is more favorable than Interactive Intelligence Group.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

83.2% of Interactive Intelligence Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.6% of SeaChange International shares are held by institutional investors. 21.4% of Interactive Intelligence Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% of SeaChange International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Interactive Intelligence Group beats SeaChange International on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Interactive Intelligence Group Company Profile

Interactive Intelligence Group, Inc. is a provider of software and cloud services for customer engagement, communications and collaboration. The Company operates in the segment of interaction management software solutions licensing and associated services. It offers approximately three types of products, including on-premises software; a single-tenant cloud service, and a multi-tenant cloud service. The Company’s offerings are used across a range of vertical industries, including accounts receivable management, banking, government, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, utilities and retail. Its PureCloud Engage is an omnichannel customer engagement cloud service designed for contact centers of all sizes. Its PureCloud Communicate is a communications and collaboration cloud service for enterprises of all sizes designed to support connected workforce. Its on-premises and single-tenant cloud products are available in approximately 24 languages and deployed in over 125 countries.

SeaChange International Company Profile

SeaChange International, Inc. (SeaChange) is engaged in the delivery of multiscreen video. The Company’s products and services facilitate the aggregation, licensing, management and distribution of video and advertising content for cable television system operators, telecommunications companies, satellite operators and media companies. SeaChange sells its software products and services across the world, to television service providers, including cable television system operators, telecommunications companies, satellite operators and media companies. Its systems enable service providers to offer other interactive television services that allow subscribers to receive personalized services and interact with their video devices. Its business consists of three product areas: multiscreen video backoffice, advertising and video gateway software solutions. It also offers SeaChange Infusion Advanced Advertising Platform, Adrenalin, SeaChange Infusion Advanced Advertising Platform and Nucleus.

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