Coupa Software (NASDAQ: COUP) and Actuate Corp (NASDAQ:BIRT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

64.4% of Coupa Software shares are held by institutional investors. 32.1% of Coupa Software shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Coupa Software and Actuate Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Coupa Software 0 4 7 0 2.64
Actuate Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Coupa Software presently has a consensus price target of $36.09, suggesting a potential upside of 12.29%. Given Coupa Software’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Coupa Software is more favorable than Actuate Corp.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Coupa Software and Actuate Corp’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Coupa Software $159.15 million 10.70 -$33.50 million ($0.95) -33.83
Actuate Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Actuate Corp has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Coupa Software.


This table compares Coupa Software and Actuate Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Coupa Software -24.00% -19.01% -11.91%
Actuate Corp N/A N/A N/A


Coupa Software beats Actuate Corp on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Coupa Software

Coupa Software Incorporated is a United States-based company, which provides a unified, cloud-based spend management platform that connects organizations with suppliers globally. The Company offers spend management cloud applications, which are pre-integrated. The platform offers consumerized financial applications. Its spend management suite includes procurement, invoicing, expenses, sourcing, inventory, contract lifecycle management, budgeting, analytics, open business network, supplier information management and storefront. The platform offers features, such as procure-to-pay solution; online invoice management, and inventory management and tracking software system. Its solutions for business needs include financial compliance and mobile productivity. The Company’s solutions for enterprise resource planning (ERP) include Oracle and NetSuite. The Company offers solutions for industries, including financial, healthcare, oil and gas, retail, technology, and food and beverage.

About Actuate Corp

Actuate Corporation (Actuate) provides software and services to develop and deploy custom Business Intelligence and information applications. Actuate offers ActuateOne to develop and deploy Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT)-based custom Business Intelligence and information applications focusing on browsers and mobile devices that deliver content hosted in cloud, software-as-a-service (SaaS) and on premises deployments. Its products and services are used by its customers to develop and deploy applications across a range of business functions, including financial management, sales management, account management, and customer self-service. Xenos solutions, based on Xenos Enterprise Server, loads, transforms and presents high volumes of data and documents across multiple channels. Actuate’s BIRT Spreadsheet products are Excel-based. In February 2014, Actuate Corporation announced the acquisition of legodo ag.

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