Cvent (NYSE: CVT) and Jive Software (NASDAQ:JIVE) are both technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitabiliy, dividends, risk and earnings.

Volatility and Risk

Cvent has a beta of 0.28, suggesting that its stock price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Jive Software has a beta of 0.89, suggesting that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

62.3% of Cvent shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.4% of Jive Software shares are held by institutional investors. 43.0% of Cvent shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.7% of Jive Software 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.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cvent and Jive Software’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cvent N/A N/A N/A ($0.57) -63.16
Jive Software N/A N/A N/A ($0.11) -47.73

Cvent is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Jive Software, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Cvent and Jive Software’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cvent -9.84% -12.55% -6.86%
Jive Software -3.25% -9.97% -2.90%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Cvent and Jive Software, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cvent 0 0 0 0 N/A
Jive Software 0 2 0 0 2.00

Jive Software has a consensus price target of $4.63, suggesting a potential downside of 11.90%. Given Jive Software’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Jive Software is more favorable than Cvent.

Summary

Jive Software beats Cvent on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cvent

Cvent, Inc. is a cloud-based enterprise event management company. The Company provides solutions for both sides of the events and meetings value chain, such as event and meeting planners, through its Event Cloud, and hoteliers and venues, through its Hospitality Cloud. The Company offers planners a platform that addresses the entire lifecycle of events and meetings, including budgeting, planning, venue sourcing, marketing, management and measurement of meetings. It offers over six product categories, on over two integrated clouds, the Event Cloud and the Hospitality Cloud. The Event Cloud includes approximately five product categories, such as event management software, enterprise solutions software, mobile event applications, pre- and post-event feedback management software, and onsite event solutions. The Hospitality Cloud includes over three product categories, including group marketing solutions, group demand management, and group business intelligence for hotels and venues.

About Jive Software

Jive Software, Inc. is engaged in providing software sales and services. The Company’s products are sold on a subscription basis, deployable in on-premise, hosted and cloud instances and used for internal or external communities. Its traditional enterprise software product offerings are based on the Jive platform (the Jive Platform), which is a communication and collaboration hub. It sells its Jive Platform across two communities: internally for employees within the enterprise and externally for customers and partners outside the enterprise. It sells its products through a direct sales force, both domestically and internationally. The Jive Platform product offerings are delivered in two configurations, Jive Internal (Jive-n) for employee networks, and Jive External (Jive-x) as a platform for customer and partner communities. The Jive Platform integrates cloud and customer-built applications through published application programing interfaces and software development kits.

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