StarTek (NYSE: SRT) and Cloudera (NYSE:CLDR) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares StarTek and Cloudera’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
StarTek $307.20 million 0.53 $390,000.00 $0.14 72.29
Cloudera $261.02 million 9.82 -$187.31 million ($7.20) -2.52

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for StarTek and Cloudera, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
StarTek 0 2 1 0 2.33
Cloudera 0 0 4 0 3.00

StarTek presently has a consensus target price of $12.33, indicating a potential upside of 21.87%. Cloudera has a consensus target price of $22.00, indicating a potential upside of 21.28%. Given StarTek’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe StarTek is more favorable than Cloudera.

Profitability

This table compares StarTek and Cloudera’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
StarTek 0.79% 5.02% 2.35%
Cloudera -119.74% N/A -39.42%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

47.0% of StarTek shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.3% of Cloudera shares are owned by institutional investors. 17.8% of StarTek 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.

Summary

StarTek beats Cloudera on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

StarTek Company Profile

StarTek, Inc. is a customer engagement business process outsourcing (BPO) services provider, delivering customer care solutions. The Company operates through three segments: Domestic, Nearshore and Offshore. As of December 31, 2016, its Domestic segment included the operations of 13 facilities in the United States and one facility in Canada; its Offshore segment included the operations of four facilities in the Philippines, and its Nearshore segment included the operations of two facilities in Honduras and one facility in Jamaica. The Company’s service offerings include customer care, sales support, inbound sales, complex order processing, accounts receivable management, technical and product support, up-sell and cross-sell opportunities, customer intelligence analytics and other industry-specific processes. Its suite of order processing services ranges from enterprise level project management to direct-to-consumer order processing.

Cloudera Company Profile

Cloudera, Inc. is a developer of platform for data management, machine learning and advanced analytics. The Company allows enterprises to operate, manage and move workloads across multiple architectures, mixing on premises and cloud environments, including all major public cloud infrastructure providers. It operates through two operating segments: subscription and services. Its products include Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub, Cloudera Analytic BD, Cloudera Operational DB, Cloudera Data Science & Engineering, and Cloud Essentials. The Company offers Cloudera Data Science for programmatic preparation, predictive modeling and machine learning; Cloudera Real Time for online, streaming and rea ltime applications; and Cloudera Analytics for business intelligence and structured query language (SQL) analytics. It has developed the hybrid open source software (HOSS) development model, which helps customers in managing, operating and securing their data and data architectures.

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