support.com (NASDAQ: SPRT) and Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares support.com and Qualys’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
support.com -11.99% -9.82% -8.51%
Qualys 18.92% 14.69% 9.39%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

35.2% of support.com shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.6% of Qualys shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.5% of support.com shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 30.2% of Qualys shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

support.com has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Qualys has a beta of 0.93, indicating that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares support.com and Qualys’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
support.com $58.93 million 0.73 -$5.35 million ($0.39) -5.90
Qualys $211.63 million 8.09 $52.41 million $1.02 44.76

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for support.com and Qualys, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
support.com 0 0 0 0 N/A
Qualys 0 8 7 0 2.47

Qualys has a consensus price target of $45.09, suggesting a potential downside of 1.22%. Given Qualys’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Qualys is more favorable than support.com.

Summary

Qualys beats support.com on 12 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

support.com Company Profile

Support.com, Inc. is a provider of cloud-based software and services for technology support. The Company offers outsourced support services for service providers, retailers, Internet of Things (IoT) solution providers and technology companies. It offers technology support services programs for both the consumer and small business markets, and includes computer and mobile device set-up, security and support, virus and malware removal, wireless network set-up, and home security and automation system support. Its cloud-based offering, Nexus, is a software-as-a-service solution for companies to support interactions with their customers. Its end user software products are designed to maintain, optimize and secure computers and mobile devices. Its principal software products include products designed for malware protection and removal (SUPERAntiSpyware); personal computer (PC), smartphone and tablet maintenance and optimization (Cosmos), and PC registry cleaning and repair (ARO).

Qualys Company Profile

Qualys, Inc. is a provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions. The Company’s solutions enable organizations to identify security risks to their information technology (IT) infrastructures, help protect their IT systems and applications from cyber-attacks. Its suite of security and compliance solutions delivered on its Qualys Cloud Platform enables its customers to identify their IT assets, collect and analyze IT security data, discover and prioritize vulnerabilities, recommend remediation actions and verify the implementation of such actions. Its Qualys Cloud Platform consists of a suite of IT security and compliance solutions. The Qualys Cloud Suite includes solutions, such as Vulnerability Management, Continuous Monitoring, Cloud Agent, AssetView, ThreatPROTECT, Policy Compliance, Payment Card Industry Compliance, Security Assessment Questionnaire, Web Application Scanning and Web Application Firewall. It provides its solutions through a software-as-a-service model.

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