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

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Synchronoss Technologies and Qualys’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Synchronoss Technologies $476.75 million 1.53 $54.33 million $0.44 37.64
Qualys $211.63 million 9.06 $52.41 million $1.02 50.10

Synchronoss Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Qualys. Synchronoss Technologies 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 Synchronoss Technologies and Qualys’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Synchronoss Technologies 3.38% 11.20% 6.21%
Qualys 18.92% 14.69% 9.39%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Synchronoss Technologies and Qualys, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Synchronoss Technologies 1 5 1 0 2.00
Qualys 0 8 7 0 2.47

Synchronoss Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $21.20, suggesting a potential upside of 28.02%. Qualys has a consensus target price of $45.09, suggesting a potential downside of 11.76%. Given Synchronoss Technologies’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Synchronoss Technologies is more favorable than Qualys.

Volatility & Risk

Synchronoss Technologies has a beta of 1.69, suggesting that its share price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Qualys has a beta of 0.89, suggesting that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

74.3% of Synchronoss Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.8% of Qualys shares are held by institutional investors. 10.5% of Synchronoss Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 30.2% of Qualys shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Qualys beats Synchronoss Technologies on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Synchronoss Technologies

Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. is a global software and services company, which provides technologies and services for the mobile transformation of business. The Company’s portfolio in the Consumer and Enterprise markets contains offerings, such as personal cloud, secure-mobility, identity management and scalable messaging platforms, products and solutions. Its products and platforms are designed to enable multiple converged communication services to be managed across a range of distribution channels, including e-commerce, m-commerce, telesales, customer stores, indirect and other retail outlets. The Company operates in and markets their solutions and services directly through their sales organizations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. It delivers technologies for mobile transformation to service provider and enterprise customers in regulated verticals and use cases.

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.

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