QAD (NASDAQ: QADB) and Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ:SPNS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Dividends

QAD pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Sapiens International Corporation N.V. does not pay a dividend. QAD pays out -25.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares QAD and Sapiens International Corporation N.V.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
QAD $290.14 million 1.99 $10.69 million ($0.94) -32.02
Sapiens International Corporation N.V. $239.18 million 2.89 $14.79 million $0.07 201.03

Sapiens International Corporation N.V. has higher revenue, but lower earnings than QAD. QAD is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Sapiens International Corporation N.V., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for QAD and Sapiens International Corporation N.V., as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
QAD 0 0 1 0 3.00
Sapiens International Corporation N.V. 0 0 4 0 3.00

QAD presently has a consensus target price of $33.00, indicating a potential upside of 9.63%. Sapiens International Corporation N.V. has a consensus target price of $15.00, indicating a potential upside of 6.61%. Given QAD’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe QAD is more favorable than Sapiens International Corporation N.V..

Risk and Volatility

QAD has a beta of 0.88, indicating that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sapiens International Corporation N.V. has a beta of 1.23, indicating that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

1.8% of QAD shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 11.7% of Sapiens International Corporation N.V. shares are owned by institutional investors. 67.4% of QAD shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.0% of Sapiens International Corporation N.V. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares QAD and Sapiens International Corporation N.V.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
QAD -5.98% -0.48% -0.21%
Sapiens International Corporation N.V. 1.39% 6.77% 4.41%

Summary

Sapiens International Corporation N.V. beats QAD on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About QAD

QAD Inc. (QAD) is a provider of vertically oriented enterprise software solutions for global manufacturing companies across the automotive, life sciences, consumer products, food and beverage, high technology and industrial products industries. QAD Enterprise Applications enables measurement and control of business processes and supports operational requirements, including financials, manufacturing, demand and supply chain planning, customer management, business intelligence and business process management. QAD delivers components of its solution for a range of mobile platforms. The Company’s mobile suite includes a requisition approval solution, a mobile business intelligence solution, mobile browse capability and mobile application monitoring tools to support system administrators. Its mobile browse capability allows users to view, filter and sort data accessible through QAD Browses within QAD Enterprise Applications using mobile devices.

About Sapiens International Corporation N.V.

Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (Sapiens) is a provider of software solutions for the insurance industry, with a focus on the financial services sector. The Company operates in provider of software solutions segment. Its software solutions portfolio consists of Life, Pension, Annuity and Retirement Solutions, including software solutions for the management of a range of products for life, pension, annuity and retirement; Property and Casualty/General Insurance Solutions, including a software suite of solutions, supporting a range of business lines, including personal, commercial and specialty lines, as well as a solution for the management of reinsurance contracts; Sapiens DECISION, which is a business decision management solution, and Technology-Based Solutions, such as Sapiens eMerge. Its services include project delivery and implementation, business and technical consulting related to its products, project and program management, training and user acceptance testing.

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