Paycom Software (NYSE: PAYC) and SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitabiliy.

Profitability

This table compares Paycom Software and SolarWinds’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Paycom Software 14.28% 35.77% 4.63%
SolarWinds 20.52% 19.24% 12.70%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.0% of Paycom Software shares are held by institutional investors. 17.9% of Paycom Software shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Paycom Software and SolarWinds’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Paycom Software $382.87 million 10.82 $73.92 million $0.93 74.76
SolarWinds N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Paycom Software has higher revenue and earnings than SolarWinds.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Paycom Software and SolarWinds, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Paycom Software 0 3 8 0 2.73
SolarWinds 0 0 0 0 N/A

Paycom Software currently has a consensus price target of $76.17, indicating a potential upside of 9.55%. Given Paycom Software’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Paycom Software is more favorable than SolarWinds.

Summary

Paycom Software beats SolarWinds on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Paycom Software

Paycom Software, Inc. is a provider of a cloud-based human capital management (HCM) software solution delivered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The Company provides functionality and data analytics that businesses need to manage the complete employment life cycle from recruitment to retirement. The Company’s applications streamline client processes and provide clients and their employees with the ability to directly access and manage administrative processes, including applications that identify candidates, on-board employees, manage time and labor, administer payroll deductions and benefits, manage performance, terminate employees and administer post-termination health benefits, such as COBRA. The Company’s solution allows clients to analyze employee information to make business decisions. The Company’s HCM solution offers a range of applications, including talent acquisition, time and labor management, payroll, talent management and human resources (HR) management.

About SolarWinds

SolarWinds, Inc. (SolarWinds) is a holding company. The Company designs, develops, markets, sells and supports enterprise-class information technology (IT), infrastructure management software to IT and DevOps professionals in organizations of all sizes. Its products categories include network management, which is used to monitor and manage the performance of network infrastructure; systems management, which is used to monitor and manage the performance of applications, physical and virtual servers, storage and databases; MSP, which is used by managed service providers to monitor and manage the IT infrastructure of their end clients, SMBs, and cloud, its cloud-based products, which are used to monitor and manage applications and application infrastructure. Its customers include small- and mid-size businesses, enterprises, MSPs, and local, state and federal Government entities.

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