Covisint (NASDAQ: COVS) and ARI Network Services (NASDAQ:ARIS) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Covisint has a beta of 1.26, meaning that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ARI Network Services has a beta of -1.88, meaning that its share price is 288% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.5% of Covisint shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 36.1% of ARI Network Services shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.9% of Covisint shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 8.7% of ARI Network Services shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Covisint and ARI Network Services, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Covisint 0 0 0 0 N/A
ARI Network Services 1 1 0 0 1.50


This table compares Covisint and ARI Network Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Covisint 8.37% 10.72% 7.55%
ARI Network Services 11.55% 18.27% 9.56%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Covisint and ARI Network Services’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Covisint N/A N/A N/A ($0.31) -7.90
ARI Network Services N/A N/A N/A $0.14 50.64

Covisint is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ARI Network Services, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


ARI Network Services beats Covisint on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Covisint Company Profile

Covisint Corporation provides an open, enterprise class cloud platform (Platform) enabling organizations to build solutions that identify, authenticate and connect users, devices, applications and information. The Company’s Auto Supply Portal is involved in the development and integration of three cloud-based technologies, such as identity management, data integration and exchange services, and portal services. The Company’s Platform is delivered through the cloud as a Platform as a Service (PaaS). The Company’s Platform supports production-critical applications, and offers security, scalability and reliability. The Platform’s various capabilities include Identity services, Messaging and orchestration services and Internet of Things (IoT) Services. Its customers include large, across the globe distributed organizations and mid-sized organizations with external business relationships, as well as the participants in their business relationships.

ARI Network Services Company Profile

ARI Network Services, Inc. (ARI) provides Website, software and data solutions. The Company’s solutions include Lead Generation and eCommerce Websites, eCatalogs, Business Management Software, Digital Marketing Services. It offers a menu of Website add-ons, including a mobile inventory management application, third-party inventory integrations and business management integrations. Its eCatalog solutions offer access to its library of electronic product content through a suite of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and data-as-a-service (DaaS) solutions. Its Business Management Software solutions are offered in the automotive tire and wheel aftermarket (ATW) aftermarket under the TCS Technologies, an ARI Company brand name. ARI’s Digital Marketing Services include search engine optimization, e-mail marketing, search engine marketing (PPC), online reputation management and online directory management. The Company’s other solutions include software, professional services and hosting services.

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