Advent Software (NASDAQ: ADVS) and Brightcove (NASDAQ:BCOV) are both technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Advent Software and Brightcove, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Advent Software 0 0 0 0 N/A
Brightcove 0 2 1 0 2.33

Brightcove has a consensus target price of $7.67, indicating a potential upside of 9.13%. Given Brightcove’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Brightcove is more favorable than Advent Software.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Advent Software N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Brightcove $153.34 million 1.57 -$10.62 million ($0.55) -12.77

Advent Software has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Brightcove.

Profitability

This table compares Advent Software and Brightcove’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Advent Software 4.92% N/A 4.74%
Brightcove -12.22% -19.65% -11.19%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

62.2% of Brightcove shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.7% of Brightcove shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Brightcove beats Advent Software on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Brightcove

Brightcove Inc. is a global provider of cloud-based services for video. The Company’s products and services include Brightcove Video Cloud (Video Cloud), Brightcove Zencoder (Zencoder), Brightcove Once (Once), Brightcove Perform (Perform), Brightcove Video Marketing Suite (Video Marketing Suite), Brightcove Lift (Lift), Brightcove OTT Flow (OTT Flow) and Brightcove Enterprise Video Suite (Enterprise Video Suite), among others. Video Cloud is an online video platform. Video Cloud enables its customers to publish and distribute video to Internet-connected devices. Zencoder is a cloud-based video encoding service. Once is a cloud-based advertisement insertion and video stitching service. Perform is a cloud-based service for creating and managing video player experiences. Video Marketing Suite is a suite of video technologies designed to address the needs of marketers to drive awareness, engagement and conversion.

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