Attunity (NASDAQ: ATTU) and EXA (NASDAQ:EXA) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Attunity and EXA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Attunity -8.99% -12.67% -6.82%
EXA -15.10% -62.82% -18.57%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Attunity and EXA’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Attunity $54.49 million 2.42 -$10.69 million ($0.31) -21.13
EXA $72.58 million 5.04 -$1.13 million ($0.31) -78.19

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

Risk and Volatility

Attunity has a beta of 1.68, meaning that its share price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EXA has a beta of 0.63, meaning that its share price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Attunity and EXA, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Attunity 0 0 4 0 3.00
EXA 0 4 0 0 2.00

Attunity presently has a consensus target price of $12.67, indicating a potential upside of 93.38%. EXA has a consensus target price of $20.63, indicating a potential downside of 14.91%. Given Attunity’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Attunity is more favorable than EXA.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

15.4% of Attunity shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.4% of EXA shares are owned by institutional investors. 50.2% of Attunity shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.5% of EXA shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Attunity beats EXA on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Attunity Company Profile

Attunity Ltd (Attunity) is a provider of Big Data management software solutions that enable access, management, sharing and distribution of data across heterogeneous enterprise platforms, organizations and the cloud. The Company’s software solutions include data replication and distribution (Attunity Replicate, change data capture (CDC) and Attunity Gold Client Solutions), test data management (Attunity Gold Client Solutions), data connectivity (Attunity Connect), enterprise file replication (AttunityRepliWeb), managed-file-transfer (Attunity MFT), data warehouse automation (Attunity Compose), data usage analytics (Attunity Visibility) and cloud data delivery (AttunityCloudBeam). Its software is used for projects, such as data warehousing, Hadoop, business intelligence (BI) and Big Data analytics, reporting, migration and modernization, data consolidation and distribution, and cloud initiatives. It offers a software as a service (SaaS)-based platform with a portfolio of services.

EXA Company Profile

Exa Corporation develops, sells and supports simulation software and services that manufacturers use in design and engineering processes. The Company focuses primarily on the ground transportation market, including manufacturers in the passenger vehicle, highway truck, off-highway vehicle and train markets, as well as their suppliers. Its product, PowerFLOW, is a software solution for simulating fluid flow problems, including aerodynamics, thermal management and aeroacoustics, or wind noise. PowerFLOW uses its Digital Physics technology that enables it to predict fluid flows. PowerFLOW directly simulates unpredictable turbulent scales. The PowerFLOW software suite includes the simulation engine and grid generation engine, along with pre- and post-processing software products. The software is delivered in client/server architecture, or through its cloud-based offering, ExaCLOUD. With the ExaCLOUD solution, various client features and functions are accessed through a Web browser.

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