Apigee Corp (NASDAQ: APIC) and Perficient (NASDAQ:PRFT) are both technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Apigee Corp and Perficient’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Apigee Corp N/A N/A N/A ($1.40) -12.41
Perficient $452.14 million 1.53 $47.43 million $0.42 46.91

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

Volatility and Risk

Apigee Corp has a beta of 0.98, suggesting that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Perficient has a beta of 0.89, suggesting that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Apigee Corp and Perficient, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Apigee Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Perficient 0 1 2 0 2.67

Perficient has a consensus target price of $20.50, suggesting a potential upside of 4.06%. Given Perficient’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Perficient is more favorable than Apigee Corp.

Profitability

This table compares Apigee Corp and Perficient’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Apigee Corp -37.94% -73.27% -31.65%
Perficient 3.08% 7.42% 5.82%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

42.5% of Apigee Corp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.1% of Perficient shares are owned by institutional investors. 40.6% of Apigee Corp shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.7% of Perficient shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Perficient beats Apigee Corp on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Apigee Corp

Apigee Corporation is engaged in providing a software platform that allows businesses to design, deploy, and scale application program interfaces (APIs), as a connection layer between their core information technology (IT) systems and data and the applications, with which their customers, partners, employees and other users engage with the business. Its platform consists of the products, including Apigee Edge, Apigee Edge PRO, Apigee Link, Apigee Sense and Apigee Insights. Apigee Edge is an API-management solution. Apigee Insights is its predictive analytics software solution. Apigee Link is its Internet of Things (IoT) platform for connecting devices to the Internet, which is under development and in beta testing with certain customers. Apigee Sense is a bot prevention product. Apigee Edge PRO is a cloud-delivered service and is an API management for small and medium-sized businesses and divisions in a range of enterprises. It delivers its platform both in the cloud and on premises.

About Perficient

Perficient, Inc. is an information technology and management consulting firm. The Company’s solutions include business intelligence and analytics, commerce, content management, custom applications, platform implementations, portals and collaboration, business integration and application program interfaces, management consulting, business process management, and customer relationship management, among others. It provides services to the healthcare (pharma and life sciences), financial services (banking and insurance), retail and consumer goods, automotive and transport products, electronics and computer hardware, telecommunications, manufacturing, business services, and leisure, and media and entertainment markets, among others.

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