Progress Software (NASDAQ: PRGS) and Amber Road (NYSE:AMBR) are both technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.


This table compares Progress Software and Amber Road’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Progress Software -13.23% 20.30% 10.82%
Amber Road -20.19% -53.22% -14.53%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.6% of Progress Software shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.6% of Amber Road shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.5% of Progress Software shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.1% of Amber Road shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Progress Software and Amber Road’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Progress Software $405.34 million 5.02 -$55.72 million ($1.08) -39.44
Amber Road $73.16 million 2.73 -$18.72 million ($0.57) -12.89

Amber Road has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Progress Software. Progress Software is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Amber Road, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Progress Software has a beta of 0.65, indicating that its stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Amber Road has a beta of 0.77, indicating that its stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Progress Software pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Amber Road does not pay a dividend. Progress Software pays out -51.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Progress Software and Amber Road, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Progress Software 0 3 1 0 2.25
Amber Road 0 0 3 0 3.00

Progress Software presently has a consensus price target of $36.00, indicating a potential downside of 15.47%. Amber Road has a consensus price target of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 63.27%. Given Amber Road’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Amber Road is more favorable than Progress Software.

Progress Software Company Profile

Progress Software Corporation is engaged in application development. The Company operates through three segments: OpenEdge, Data Connectivity and Integration (DCI), and Application Development and Deployment (AppDev). The OpenEdge business segment provides the product enhancements and marketing support to its partner base. It is also focused on providing partners and direct end users with a path to develop and integrate cloud-based applications. Its solutions include Progress OpenEdge and Progress Corticon. The DCI segment is focused on its data assets, including the data integration components of its cloud offerings. Its solutions include Progress DataDirect Connect and Progress DataDirect Cloud. The AppDev business segment is focused on generating customers for its application development assets. Its solutions include Dev Tools, NativeScript, Dev Cloud, Telerik Platform, Test Studio, Sitefinity and Progress Rollbase. Its offerings span Web, mobile and data.

Amber Road Company Profile

Amber Road, Inc. is a provider of cloud-based global trade management (GTM) solutions. The Company’s GTM solutions include modules for logistics contract and rate management, supply chain visibility and event management, international trade compliance, and Global Knowledge trade content database to importers and exporters, non-vessel owning common carriers (resellers), and ocean carriers. The Company delivers its GTM solution using a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. The Company’s solution automates the global supply chain across sourcing, logistics, cross-border trade and regulatory compliance activities. The Company’s GTM solution combines enterprise-class software, trade content sourced from government agencies and transportation providers in approximately 145 countries, and a global supply chain network connecting its customers with the trading partners, including suppliers, freight forwarders, customs brokers and transportation carriers.

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