Qlik Technologies (NASDAQ: QLIK) and Exa Corporation (NASDAQ:EXA) are both technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

Qlik Technologies has a beta of 1.79, suggesting that its share price is 79% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Exa Corporation has a beta of 0.41, suggesting that its share price is 59% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Qlik Technologies and Exa Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Qlik Technologies N/A N/A N/A ($0.29) -105.17
Exa Corporation $72.69 million 2.92 $1.48 million ($0.32) -44.12

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

Profitability

This table compares Qlik Technologies and Exa Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Qlik Technologies -3.72% -7.44% -4.12%
Exa Corporation -6.46% -25.19% -7.40%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Qlik Technologies and Exa Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Qlik Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Exa Corporation 0 1 3 0 2.75

Exa Corporation has a consensus target price of $16.50, indicating a potential upside of 16.86%. Given Exa Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Exa Corporation is more favorable than Qlik Technologies.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

76.0% of Exa Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.5% of Exa Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

About Qlik Technologies

Zoona is a Zambia-based financial technology company. The Company provides the technology and business support to over 1,000 entrepreneurs across Africa, enabling them to start their own business. The Company offers Kiva, which is a crowd-lending platform. The Company’s mobile money platform enables over 1,000 entrepreneurs to become Zoona Agents. The Company uses its technology to provide financial services to serve various financial communities across Africa.

About Exa Corporation

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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