ChannelAdvisor Corporation (NYSE: ECOM) and The Descartes Systems Group (NASDAQ:DSGX) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

80.8% of ChannelAdvisor Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.9% of The Descartes Systems Group shares are held by institutional investors. 11.3% of ChannelAdvisor Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of The Descartes Systems Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ChannelAdvisor Corporation and The Descartes Systems Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ChannelAdvisor Corporation $113.20 million 1.97 -$8.00 million ($0.40) -21.00
The Descartes Systems Group $203.78 million 11.26 $23.83 million $0.34 87.94

The Descartes Systems Group has higher revenue and earnings than ChannelAdvisor Corporation. ChannelAdvisor Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than The Descartes Systems Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

ChannelAdvisor Corporation has a beta of 0.22, indicating that its share price is 78% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Descartes Systems Group has a beta of 0.54, indicating that its share price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares ChannelAdvisor Corporation and The Descartes Systems Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ChannelAdvisor Corporation -8.54% -9.48% -5.75%
The Descartes Systems Group 12.06% 5.97% 5.04%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for ChannelAdvisor Corporation and The Descartes Systems Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ChannelAdvisor Corporation 0 5 3 0 2.38
The Descartes Systems Group 0 2 6 0 2.75

ChannelAdvisor Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $14.13, suggesting a potential upside of 68.15%. The Descartes Systems Group has a consensus target price of $32.31, suggesting a potential upside of 8.07%. Given ChannelAdvisor Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe ChannelAdvisor Corporation is more favorable than The Descartes Systems Group.

Summary

The Descartes Systems Group beats ChannelAdvisor Corporation on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

ChannelAdvisor Corporation Company Profile

Channeladvisor Corporation is a provider of Software as a service (SaaS) solutions. The Company’s SaaS solutions enable retailer and branded manufacturer customers to integrate, manage and optimize their merchandise sales via hundreds of online channels. The Company’s platform enable its customers to connect with new and existing sources of demand for their products, including e-commerce marketplaces, such as Amazon, eBay, Jet.com, Newegg, Sears and Walmart, search engines and comparison shopping Websites, such as Google, Microsoft’s Bing and Nextag, and social channels, such as Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Its suite of solutions provides customers with a single, integrated user interface to manage their product listings, inventory availability, pricing optimization, search terms, data analytics and other functions. It also offers solutions that allow manufacturers to send their Web visitors or digital marketing audiences directly to authorized resellers.

The Descartes Systems Group Company Profile

Descartes Systems Group Inc (Descartes) is a Canada-based global provider of federated network and global logistics technology solutions that help its customers make and receive shipments and manage related resources. Its network-based solutions, which primarily consist of services and software, connect people to their trading partners and enable business document exchange (bookings, bills of lading, status messages); regulatory compliance and customs filing; route and resource planning, execution and monitoring; access and leverage global trade and restricted party data; inventory and asset visibility; rate and transportation management, and warehouse operations. Its solutions include Logistics Technology Platform that fuses the Descartes Global Logistics Network (Descartes GLN); customs and regulatory compliance; routing, mobile and telematics; global logistics network services; transportation management, and broker and forwarder enterprise systems. It operates through MacroPoint.

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