Datawatch Corporation (NASDAQ: DWCH) and Fair Isaac Corporation (NYSE:FICO) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Dividends

Fair Isaac Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.0%. Datawatch Corporation does not pay a dividend. Fair Isaac Corporation pays out 1.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Datawatch Corporation and Fair Isaac Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Datawatch Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50
Fair Isaac Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50

Datawatch Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $10.00, suggesting a potential downside of 15.25%. Fair Isaac Corporation has a consensus price target of $142.50, suggesting a potential downside of 3.08%. Given Fair Isaac Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Fair Isaac Corporation is more favorable than Datawatch Corporation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

40.8% of Datawatch Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.2% of Fair Isaac Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 17.7% of Datawatch Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.6% of Fair Isaac Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Datawatch Corporation has a beta of 1.02, indicating that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fair Isaac Corporation has a beta of 1.21, indicating that its share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Datawatch Corporation and Fair Isaac Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Datawatch Corporation -14.74% -10.87% -7.53%
Fair Isaac Corporation 13.15% 27.84% 9.72%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Datawatch Corporation and Fair Isaac Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Datawatch Corporation $34.67 million 4.15 -$3.87 million ($0.43) -27.44
Fair Isaac Corporation $914.79 million 4.92 $202.17 million $3.72 39.52

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

Summary

Fair Isaac Corporation beats Datawatch Corporation on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Datawatch Corporation

Datawatch Corporation is engaged in the design, development, marketing, distribution and support of business computer software primarily for the self-service data preparation and visual data discovery markets. The Company also provides services, including implementation and support of its software products, as well as training on their use and administration. The Company’s product family includes Datawatch Monarch, Datawatch Panopticon and Datawatch Report Mining Server (RMS). The Company offers its enterprise products through perpetual licenses and subscription pricing models. The Company also offers educational services for customers and partners implementing and learning about the platform, maintenance and support, and professional services to provide in-depth technical assistance for software implementations. The Company offers an array of live and virtual classroom instruction, including private onsite classes.

About Fair Isaac Corporation

Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) is a provider of analytic, software and data management products and services that enable businesses to automate and connect decisions. The Company operates through three segments: Applications, Scores and Decision Management Software. The Applications segment includes pre-configured decision management applications designed for a specific type of business problem or process, such as marketing, account origination, customer management, fraud, collections and insurance claims management. The Scores segment includes business-to-business scoring solutions and services, business-to-consumer scoring solutions and services, including myFICO solutions for consumers. The Decision Management Software segment consists of analytic and decision management software tools that clients can use to create their own custom decision management applications, its new FICO Decision Management Suite, as well as associated professional services.

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