QAD (NASDAQ: QADB) and Advent Software (NASDAQ:ADVS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Dividends

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

Profitability

This table compares QAD and Advent Software’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%
Advent Software 4.92% N/A 4.74%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for QAD and Advent Software, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
QAD 0 0 1 0 3.00
Advent Software 0 0 0 0 N/A

QAD currently has a consensus price target of $33.00, indicating a potential upside of 7.84%. Given QAD’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe QAD is more favorable than Advent Software.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

1.8% of QAD shares are owned by institutional investors. 67.4% of QAD shares are owned by company 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares QAD and Advent Software’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
QAD $290.14 million 0.34 $10.69 million ($0.94) -32.55
Advent Software N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

QAD has higher revenue and earnings than Advent Software.

Summary

QAD beats Advent Software on 7 of the 10 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 Advent Software

Advent Software, Inc. (Advent) is a provider of software products and services. The Company offers software products and services for automating and integrating data and work flows across the investment management organization, as well as between the investment management organization and external parties. The Company is engaged in the development and marketing of software products, software-as-a-service, hosting services, data interfaces, and related maintenance and services that automate, integrate and support investment management organizations around the world. The Company has a cloud platform, Advent Direct, and a portfolio management platform, Geneva. The Company’s products include Advent Portfolio Exchange, Black Diamond, Axys, Moxy, Advent Rules Manager, Tamale RMS, Syncova calculation solutions, Tradex and Advent General Ledger Exchange. It also offers Data and Data Integration Services, Maintenance and Support Services, Professional Services and an Alliance Program.

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