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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

73.8% of Qualys shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.5% of Incontact shares are held by institutional investors. 30.2% of Qualys shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.3% of Incontact shares are held 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

Qualys has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Incontact has a beta of 1.51, indicating that its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Qualys and Incontact, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Qualys 0 8 7 0 2.47
Incontact 0 1 0 0 2.00

Qualys currently has a consensus price target of $45.09, suggesting a potential downside of 8.72%. Incontact has a consensus price target of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 0.07%. Given Incontact’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Incontact is more favorable than Qualys.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Qualys and Incontact’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Qualys $211.63 million 8.76 $52.41 million $1.02 48.43
Incontact N/A N/A N/A ($0.31) -45.13

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

Profitability

This table compares Qualys and Incontact’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Qualys 18.92% 14.69% 9.39%
Incontact -10.24% -22.75% -10.27%

Summary

Qualys beats Incontact on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Qualys

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.

About Incontact

inContact, Inc. (inContact) is a provider of cloud contact center software solutions. The Company provides a range of cloud contact center call routing, self-service and agent optimization solutions. The Company operates through two business segments: Software and Network connectivity. inContact’s Software segment includes the services related to the delivery of its cloud contact center software solutions. Its Network connectivity segment includes the voice and data long distance services provided to customers. It offers its products and services to its customers in approximately five vertical markets, such as customer services and sales business process outsourcers (BPOs), retail and direct response, healthcare providers, utilities, and state and local Government. It provides software, which includes Automatic call distributing, Computer telephony integration, Interactive voice response with speech recognition, Outbound dialer, Screen recording and Interactive reporting tool.

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