SecureWorks Corp. (NASDAQ: SCWX) and AgroFresh Solutions (NASDAQ:AGFS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for SecureWorks Corp. and AgroFresh Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SecureWorks Corp. 1 4 3 0 2.25
AgroFresh Solutions 0 1 0 0 2.00

SecureWorks Corp. presently has a consensus target price of $13.88, suggesting a potential upside of 13.59%. AgroFresh Solutions has a consensus target price of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 12.20%. Given SecureWorks Corp.’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe SecureWorks Corp. is more favorable than AgroFresh Solutions.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

7.7% of SecureWorks Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.7% of AgroFresh Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 88.0% of SecureWorks Corp. shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 19.4% of AgroFresh Solutions shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

SecureWorks Corp. has a beta of 2.67, indicating that its stock price is 167% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AgroFresh Solutions has a beta of 0.97, indicating that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares SecureWorks Corp. and AgroFresh Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SecureWorks Corp. -8.97% -3.32% -2.31%
AgroFresh Solutions -43.81% -0.22% -0.08%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares SecureWorks Corp. and AgroFresh Solutions’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SecureWorks Corp. $455.77 million 2.17 -$25.29 million ($0.52) -23.49
AgroFresh Solutions $161.99 million 2.22 $67.33 million ($1.44) -4.95

AgroFresh Solutions has higher revenue, but lower earnings than SecureWorks Corp.. SecureWorks Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AgroFresh Solutions, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

SecureWorks Corp. beats AgroFresh Solutions on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

SecureWorks Corp. Company Profile

Secureworks Corp. is a holding company. The Company provides intelligence-driven information security solutions. The Company is focused on protecting the Company’s clients from cyber-attacks. The Company’s solutions enable companies to fortify their cyber defenses to prevent security breaches, detect malicious activity in real time, prioritize and respond to security incidents, and predict emerging threats. The Company offered managed security and threat intelligence on a subscription basis under contracts with initial terms that typically range from one to three years and, as of February 3, 2017. The Company’s integrated suite of solutions includes Managed security, Threat intelligence, Security and risk consulting and Incident response.

AgroFresh Solutions Company Profile

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc., formerly Boulevard Acquisition Corp., is a developer of agricultural technologies that preserve the freshness and value of fresh produce, including apples, pears, kiwifruit, avocados and bananas, as well as flowers. The Company’s principal product, The SmartFresh Quality System (SmartFresh), regulates the post-harvest ripening effects of ethylene, the naturally occurring plant hormone that triggers ripening in certain fruits and vegetables, through technology. SmartFresh is naturally biodegradable and leaves no detectable residue, which has significant consumer appeal. SmartFresh allows growers and packers to deliver just harvested freshness on a year-round basis. An integral part of the SmartFresh sales process is the AgroFresh Whole Product offering, which is a direct service model that provides customers with on-site applications of SmartFresh at their storage facilities combined with advisory services. The Company operates in approximately 40 countries.

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