Great Elm Capital Group (NASDAQ: GEC) and Workday (NASDAQ:WDAY) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

38.3% of Great Elm Capital Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.6% of Workday shares are held by institutional investors. 6.6% of Great Elm Capital Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 37.7% of Workday shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Great Elm Capital Group and Workday’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Great Elm Capital Group -221.85% -22.38% -18.36%
Workday -16.91% -19.73% -7.37%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Great Elm Capital Group and Workday, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Great Elm Capital Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Workday 3 21 12 0 2.25

Workday has a consensus price target of $103.62, suggesting a potential upside of 1.24%. Given Workday’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Workday is more favorable than Great Elm Capital Group.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Great Elm Capital Group and Workday’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Great Elm Capital Group $4.92 million 22.23 -$15.20 million $3.21 1.34
Workday $1.57 billion 13.56 -$408.27 million ($1.64) -62.41

Great Elm Capital Group has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Workday. Workday is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Great Elm Capital Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Workday beats Great Elm Capital Group on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Great Elm Capital Group Company Profile

Great Elm Capital Group, Inc., formerly Unwired Planet, Inc., is a holding company. The Company makes investments in businesses and assets in various industries. The Company’s investment for long-term value creation is in the asset management business. The Company continues to explore other opportunities in the investment management business, including other business development companies (BDCs) that trade at a discount to their net asset value. The Company intends to build a diversified investment company consisting of the following three business lines: investment management, financial products and merchant banking. It is embarking on a program of creating bespoke financial products and creating a pipeline of acquisition opportunities. The Company’s subsidiary is Great Elm Capital Corporation (GECC).

Workday Company Profile

Workday, Inc. is a provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. The Company delivers financial management, human capital management and analytics applications designed for various companies, educational institutions and government agencies. As part of its applications, the Company provides embedded analytics that capture the content and context of everyday business events, facilitating informed decision-making from wherever users are working. Its applications include Workday Financial Management, Workday Human Capital Management (HCM) and Other Applications. It also provides open, standards-based Web-services application programming interfaces, and pre-built packaged integrations and connectors. Workday Financial Management is a unified application with a range of financial capabilities, relevant analytics and metrics, and auditable process management. Workday HCM allows an organization to staff, pay, organize and develop its global workforce.

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