Qunar Cayman Islands (NASDAQ: QUNR) and Connecture (NASDAQ:CNXR) are both technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitabiliy and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Qunar Cayman Islands and Connecture, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Qunar Cayman Islands 0 0 1 0 3.00
Connecture 0 0 0 0 N/A

Qunar Cayman Islands currently has a consensus target price of $51.00, suggesting a potential upside of 67.71%. Given Qunar Cayman Islands’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Qunar Cayman Islands is more favorable than Connecture.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

4.9% of Qunar Cayman Islands shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.8% of Connecture shares are held by institutional investors. 58.1% of Connecture shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Qunar Cayman Islands and Connecture’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Qunar Cayman Islands -67.87% -291.65% -30.15%
Connecture -21.91% N/A -20.22%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Qunar Cayman Islands and Connecture’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Qunar Cayman Islands N/A N/A N/A ($8.43) -3.61
Connecture $82.61 million 0.19 -$11.31 million ($1.02) -0.70

Qunar Cayman Islands has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Connecture. Qunar Cayman Islands is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Connecture, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Qunar Cayman Islands has a beta of 2.05, indicating that its share price is 105% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Connecture has a beta of 2.13, indicating that its share price is 113% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Connecture beats Qunar Cayman Islands on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Qunar Cayman Islands

Qunar Cayman Islands Limited (Qunar) is engaged in offering mobile and online commerce platform for travel in China. The Company offers a range of travel products, including flights, hotels, vacations packages, attraction tickets and other travel related offerings. The Company offers Qunar Travel, which is a mobile application that enables its users to search for and purchase travel products. The Company’s software as a service (SaaS) system provides an online presence for over 360,000 travel service providers. Its search engine provides real-time travel products information directly sourced from travel service providers and through its SaaS platform. The Company’s main lines of business include flight tickets, hotels, vacation packages and attraction tickets. It offers display advertising, train tickets, car services, tour guides and other services. Its system provides instant confirmation of booking, rescheduling and cancellation for its flight ticket transactions.

About Connecture

Connecture, Inc. provides a Web-based consumer shopping, enrollment and retention platform for health insurance distribution. The Company caters its services to health insurance marketplace operators, such as health plans, brokers and exchange operators. It operates through four segments: Enterprise/Commercial, Enterprise/State, Medicare and Private Exchange. The Enterprise/Commercial segment offers insurance distribution solutions to health plans. The Enterprise/State segment offers the sales automation solutions to state Governments, which allow its customers to offer customized individual and small group exchanges. The Medicare segment offers Web-based Medicare plan comparison, prescription drug comparison and enrollment tools for health plans, pharmacy benefit managers, pharmacies, field marketing organizations and call centers. The Private Exchange segment offers defined-contribution benefit exchange solutions to benefit consultants, brokers, exchange operators and aggregators.

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