Qualys (NASDAQ: QLYS) and Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Qualys and Salesforce.com’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Qualys $211.63 million 8.65 $52.41 million $1.02 47.84
Salesforce.com $9.39 billion 7.33 $464.08 million ($0.11) -871.09

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Qualys and Salesforce.com, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Qualys 0 8 7 0 2.47
Salesforce.com 1 4 44 0 2.88

Qualys presently has a consensus price target of $45.09, suggesting a potential downside of 7.60%. Salesforce.com has a consensus price target of $102.55, suggesting a potential upside of 7.03%. Given Salesforce.com’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Salesforce.com is more favorable than Qualys.

Risk & Volatility

Qualys has a beta of 0.89, suggesting that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Salesforce.com has a beta of 1.25, suggesting that its stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

73.8% of Qualys shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.0% of Salesforce.com shares are owned by institutional investors. 30.2% of Qualys shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.7% of Salesforce.com shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Qualys and Salesforce.com’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Qualys 18.92% 14.69% 9.39%
Salesforce.com -0.85% 1.83% 0.84%

Summary

Salesforce.com beats Qualys on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Qualys

Qualys, Inc. is a provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions. The Company’s solutions enable organizations to identify security risks to their information technology (IT) infrastructures, help protect their IT systems and applications from cyber-attacks. Its suite of security and compliance solutions delivered on its Qualys Cloud Platform enables its customers to identify their IT assets, collect and analyze IT security data, discover and prioritize vulnerabilities, recommend remediation actions and verify the implementation of such actions. Its Qualys Cloud Platform consists of a suite of IT security and compliance solutions. The Qualys Cloud Suite includes solutions, such as Vulnerability Management, Continuous Monitoring, Cloud Agent, AssetView, ThreatPROTECT, Policy Compliance, Payment Card Industry Compliance, Security Assessment Questionnaire, Web Application Scanning and Web Application Firewall. It provides its solutions through a software-as-a-service model.

About Salesforce.com

Salesforce.com, inc. is a provider of enterprise software, delivered through the cloud, with a focus on customer relationship management (CRM). The Company focuses on cloud, mobile, social, Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence technologies. The Company’s service offerings are configured and integrated with other platforms and enterprise applications. The Company delivers its service offerings via Internet browsers and on mobile devices. Its Customer Success Platform is a portfolio of service offerings providing sales force automation, customer service and support, marketing automation, digital commerce, community management, analytics, application development, IoT integration, collaborative productivity tools and its professional cloud services. Its cloud service offerings include Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, Marketing Cloud, Commerce Cloud, Community Cloud, Analytics Cloud, Salesforce Quip and Salesforce Platform.

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