Qualys (NASDAQ: GEC) and Great Elm Capital Group (NASDAQ:GEC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Qualys and Great Elm Capital Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Qualys 0 7 7 0 2.50
Great Elm Capital Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Qualys currently has a consensus target price of $83.85, suggesting a potential downside of 8.36%. Given Qualys’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Qualys is more favorable than Great Elm Capital Group.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

82.1% of Qualys shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.5% of Great Elm Capital Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.6% of Qualys shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.6% of Great Elm Capital Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Qualys and Great Elm Capital Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Qualys $230.83 million 15.46 $40.44 million $0.90 101.67
Great Elm Capital Group $4.93 million 16.27 -$15.20 million N/A N/A

Qualys has higher revenue and earnings than Great Elm Capital Group.

Volatility and Risk

Qualys has a beta of 0.91, suggesting that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Great Elm Capital Group has a beta of -0.27, suggesting that its share price is 127% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Qualys and Great Elm Capital Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Qualys 12.04% 12.70% 8.19%
Great Elm Capital Group -95.18% -14.42% -10.48%

Summary

Qualys beats Great Elm Capital Group on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Qualys Company Profile

Qualys, Inc. provides cloud-based security and compliance solutions in the United States and internationally. The company offers Qualys Cloud Apps, which includes Asset Inventory, CMDB Sync, Vulnerability Management, Continuous Monitoring, Cloud Agent, Threat Protection, Security Configuration Assessment, Indication of Compromise, Policy Compliance, PCI Compliance, Security Assessment Questionnaire, File Integrity Monitoring, Web Application Scanning, and Web Application Firewall. Its integrated suite of security and compliance solutions delivered on its Qualys Cloud Platform enables customers to identify IT assets, collect and analyze IT security data, discover and prioritize vulnerabilities, recommend remediation actions, and verify the implementation of such actions. The company also provides core services, including asset tagging and management, reporting and dashboards, questionnaires and collaboration, remediation and workflow, big data correlation and analytics engine, and alerts and notifications, which enable integrated workflows, management and real-time analysis, and reporting across IT security and compliance solutions. The company markets and sells its IT security and compliance solutions to customers directly through its sales teams, as well as indirectly through its network of channel partners, such as security consulting organizations, managed service providers and resellers, and consulting firms. It serves enterprises, government entities, and small and medium-sized businesses in various industries, including education, financial services, government, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, media, retail, technology, and utilities. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Foster City, California.

Great Elm Capital Group Company Profile

Great Elm Capital Group, Inc. does not have significant operations. Previously, it was involved in developing patents for allowing mobile devices to connect to the Internet and enabling mobile communications. The company focuses on investment management business. The company was formerly known as Unwired Planet, Inc. and changed its name to Great Elm Capital Group, Inc. in June 2016. Great Elm Capital Group, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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