Amber Road (NYSE: AMBR) and Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ:EPAY) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends and earnings.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Amber Road and Bottomline Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Amber Road $76.29 million 2.83 -$10.96 million ($0.63) -12.60
Bottomline Technologies $349.41 million 3.28 $30.12 million ($0.87) -35.19

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

Profitability

This table compares Amber Road and Bottomline Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Amber Road -22.59% -53.03% -15.47%
Bottomline Technologies -9.48% 4.35% 1.92%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Amber Road and Bottomline Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Amber Road 0 0 3 0 3.00
Bottomline Technologies 0 1 4 0 2.80

Amber Road currently has a consensus target price of $12.33, suggesting a potential upside of 55.33%. Bottomline Technologies has a consensus target price of $32.00, suggesting a potential upside of 4.51%. Given Amber Road’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Amber Road is more favorable than Bottomline Technologies.

Risk and Volatility

Amber Road has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bottomline Technologies has a beta of 1.19, indicating that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.3% of Amber Road shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.0% of Bottomline Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.1% of Amber Road shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.2% of Bottomline Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Bottomline Technologies beats Amber Road on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Amber Road

Amber Road, Inc. is a provider of cloud-based global trade management (GTM) solutions. The Company’s GTM solutions include modules for logistics contract and rate management, supply chain visibility and event management, international trade compliance, and Global Knowledge trade content database to importers and exporters, non-vessel owning common carriers (resellers), and ocean carriers. The Company delivers its GTM solution using a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. The Company’s solution automates the global supply chain across sourcing, logistics, cross-border trade and regulatory compliance activities. The Company’s GTM solution combines enterprise-class software, trade content sourced from government agencies and transportation providers in approximately 145 countries, and a global supply chain network connecting its customers with the trading partners, including suppliers, freight forwarders, customs brokers and transportation carriers.

About Bottomline Technologies

Bottomline Technologies (de), Inc. is engaged in providing a set of cloud-based business payment, digital banking, fraud prevention, payment and financial document solutions. The Company helps businesses pay and get paid. It offers hosted or Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions, as well as software designed to run on-site at the customer’s location. It operates through four segments: Payments and Transactional Documents, Hosted Solutions, Digital Banking and Other. The Payments and Transactional Documents segment is a supplier of software products that provide a range of financial business process management solutions, including making and collecting payments and generating and storing business documents. The Hosted Solutions segment provides customers with SaaS technology offerings. The Digital Banking segment provides solutions to banking and financial institution customers. The Other segment consists of its healthcare and cyber fraud and risk management operating segments.

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