Datawatch Corporation (NASDAQ: DWCH) is one of 97 public companies in the “Enterprise Software” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Datawatch Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

Datawatch Corporation has a beta of 0.96, meaning that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Datawatch Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.13, meaning that their average share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Datawatch Corporation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Datawatch Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50
Datawatch Corporation Competitors 354 2094 3970 110 2.59

Datawatch Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $10.00, indicating a potential downside of 6.10%. As a group, “Enterprise Software” companies have a potential downside of 12.78%. Given Datawatch Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Datawatch Corporation is more favorable than its rivals.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Datawatch Corporation and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Datawatch Corporation $36.26 -$14.63 -31.32
Datawatch Corporation Competitors $1,819.75 $300.08 10.75

Datawatch Corporation’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Datawatch Corporation. Datawatch Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Datawatch Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Datawatch Corporation -11.01% -6.84% -4.72%
Datawatch Corporation Competitors -25.49% -221.58% -8.23%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

40.8% of Datawatch Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.2% of shares of all “Enterprise Software” companies are owned by institutional investors. 17.7% of Datawatch Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 23.5% of shares of all “Enterprise Software” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Datawatch Corporation rivals beat Datawatch Corporation on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

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.

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