Globant (NYSE: GLOB) and EPAM Systems (NYSE:EPAM) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Globant has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EPAM Systems has a beta of 0.99, suggesting that its share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Globant and EPAM Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Globant $357.94 million 3.67 $51.92 million $0.87 43.22
EPAM Systems $1.29 billion 3.41 $183.54 million $2.07 40.48

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

Profitability

This table compares Globant and EPAM Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Globant 8.61% 15.08% 10.96%
EPAM Systems 8.71% 15.12% 12.73%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

66.5% of Globant shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.9% of EPAM Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.2% of EPAM Systems shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Globant and EPAM Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Globant 0 3 3 0 2.50
EPAM Systems 0 0 9 0 3.00

Globant presently has a consensus price target of $44.00, indicating a potential upside of 17.02%. EPAM Systems has a consensus price target of $90.56, indicating a potential upside of 8.06%. Given Globant’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Globant is more favorable than EPAM Systems.

Summary

EPAM Systems beats Globant on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Globant Company Profile

Globant S.A. is a digitally native technology services company. The Company’s principal operating subsidiary is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During the year ended December 31, 2015, 83.7% of its revenues were generated by clients in North America, 11.0% in Latin America and Asia, and 5.3% in Europe. It builds digital journeys, which consists of different software products, including mobile apps, Web apps, sensors and other software and hardware appliances that work orchestrated by a backend that uses big data and fast data to create a understanding of each consumer and how to act upon each scenario. The Company delivers digital journeys with a comprehensive approach that includes Stay Relevant, which helps its customers stay fit for the future of their industries; Discover, which think and conceive specific digital journeys for each customer; Build, which creates each digital journey leveraging the work of its Studios, its services over platforms and its agile pods methodologies.

EPAM Systems Company Profile

EPAM Systems, Inc. is a g provider of software product development and digital platform engineering services to clients located primarily in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The Company’s service offerings cover the full software product development lifecycle from digital strategy and customer experience design to enterprise application platforms implementation and program management services and from complex software development services to maintenance, support, custom application development, application testing, and infrastructure management. Its service offerings include Software Product Development Services, Custom Application Development Services, Application Testing Services, Enterprise Application Platforms, Application Maintenance and Support, and Infrastructure Management Services. It offers its solutions and services to industries, such as financial services, media and entertainment, travel and consumer, software and hi-tech, and life sciences and healthcare.

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