Coupa Software (NASDAQ: COUP) and Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ:PRGS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Coupa Software and Progress Software Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Coupa Software $133.77 0.00 -$37.60 ($0.95) N/A
Progress Software Corporation $405.34 5.00 -$55.72 ($1.09) -38.90

Coupa Software has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Progress Software Corporation. Progress Software Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Coupa Software, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

63.7% of Coupa Software shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.8% of Progress Software Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 32.1% of Coupa Software shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Progress Software Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Progress Software Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Coupa Software does not pay a dividend. Progress Software Corporation pays out -45.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Coupa Software and Progress Software Corporation’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%
Progress Software Corporation -13.23% 20.30% 10.82%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Coupa Software and Progress Software Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Coupa Software 0 4 7 0 2.64
Progress Software Corporation 0 3 1 0 2.25

Given Coupa Software’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Coupa Software is more favorable than Progress Software Corporation.


Progress Software Corporation beats Coupa Software on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Coupa Software Company Profile

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.

Progress Software Corporation Company Profile

Progress Software Corporation is engaged in application development. The Company operates through three segments: OpenEdge, Data Connectivity and Integration (DCI), and Application Development and Deployment (AppDev). The OpenEdge business segment provides the product enhancements and marketing support to its partner base. It is also focused on providing partners and direct end users with a path to develop and integrate cloud-based applications. Its solutions include Progress OpenEdge and Progress Corticon. The DCI segment is focused on its data assets, including the data integration components of its cloud offerings. Its solutions include Progress DataDirect Connect and Progress DataDirect Cloud. The AppDev business segment is focused on generating customers for its application development assets. Its solutions include Dev Tools, NativeScript, Dev Cloud, Telerik Platform, Test Studio, Sitefinity and Progress Rollbase. Its offerings span Web, mobile and data.

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