Datawatch (NASDAQ: DWCH) and RealPage (NASDAQ:RP) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Datawatch and RealPage, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Datawatch 0 1 1 0 2.50
RealPage 0 2 5 0 2.71

Datawatch currently has a consensus price target of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 15.61%. RealPage has a consensus price target of $46.57, indicating a potential upside of 6.21%. Given Datawatch’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Datawatch is more favorable than RealPage.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

39.5% of Datawatch shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.6% of RealPage shares are held by institutional investors. 17.7% of Datawatch shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 30.3% of RealPage shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Datawatch has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, RealPage has a beta of 1.08, indicating that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Datawatch and RealPage’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Datawatch -11.01% -6.82% -4.62%
RealPage 4.52% 9.51% 4.25%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Datawatch and RealPage’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Datawatch $36.26 million 2.92 -$3.99 million ($0.34) -25.44
RealPage $568.13 million 6.40 $16.65 million $0.35 125.29

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

Summary

RealPage beats Datawatch on 12 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Datawatch

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 RealPage

RealPage, Inc. is a provider of technology to the real estate industry, helping owners, managers and investors. The Company’s property management solutions are referred to as Enterprise Resource Planning systems. Its on demand platform provides a single point of access and a repository of real-time lease transaction data, including prospect, renter and property data. Its platform consists of four primary categories of solutions: Property Management, Lease Management, Resident Services and Asset Optimization. These solutions provide complementary asset performance and investment decision support; risk mitigation, billing and utility management; resident engagement, spend management, operations and facilities management, and lead generation and lease management capabilities that collectively enable its clients to manage all the stages of the renter life cycle. In addition, its open architecture allows third-party applications to access its solutions using its RealPage Exchange platform.

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