EnerNOC (NASDAQ: ENOC) and Smith Micro Software (NASDAQ:SMSI) are both business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

49.7% of EnerNOC shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.7% of Smith Micro Software shares are held by institutional investors. 13.4% of EnerNOC shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.0% of Smith Micro Software shares are held 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.

Risk and Volatility

EnerNOC has a beta of 0.26, suggesting that its share price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Smith Micro Software has a beta of 0.04, suggesting that its share price is 96% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares EnerNOC and Smith Micro Software’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EnerNOC -10.51% -42.33% -11.84%
Smith Micro Software -49.33% -339.18% -49.92%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for EnerNOC and Smith Micro Software, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EnerNOC 0 5 0 0 2.00
Smith Micro Software 0 0 0 0 N/A

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

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares EnerNOC and Smith Micro Software’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EnerNOC N/A N/A N/A ($1.47) -5.20
Smith Micro Software $25.00 million 0.65 -$9.65 million ($0.99) -1.14

EnerNOC has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Smith Micro Software. EnerNOC is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Smith Micro Software, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

EnerNOC beats Smith Micro Software on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

EnerNOC Company Profile

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).

Smith Micro Software Company Profile

Smith Micro Software, Inc. is a provider of software solutions. The Company operates through two segments: Wireless and Graphics. The Company offers multi-platform, modular solutions organized into three product families, including NetWise, CommSuite and QuickLink. For mobile network operators, NetWise helps reduce cellular congestion and optimize data traffic across third-generation (3G), fourth-generation (4G) and wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) networks. Graphics segment includes its consumer-based products, such as Poser, Anime Studio, Manga Studio, MotionArtist and StuffIt. The Graphics segment develops a range of software, including graphic design and animation, compression and personal computer (PC)/Mac utilities, for consumers, professional artists and educators. The Company also offers Family Safety platform for family locator and parental controls.

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