Altair Engineering (NASDAQ:ALTR) and BroadVision (NASDAQ:BVSN) are both construction companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Altair Engineering and BroadVision, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Altair Engineering 0 4 3 0 2.43
BroadVision 0 0 0 0 N/A

Altair Engineering currently has a consensus target price of $39.78, suggesting a potential upside of 8.14%. Given Altair Engineering’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Altair Engineering is more favorable than BroadVision.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

38.2% of Altair Engineering shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.1% of BroadVision shares are held by institutional investors. 38.2% of Altair Engineering shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 33.8% of BroadVision shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Altair Engineering has a beta of 1.62, suggesting that its stock price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BroadVision has a beta of 1.63, suggesting that its stock price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Altair Engineering and BroadVision’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Altair Engineering 0.50% 8.25% 3.79%
BroadVision -138.61% -183.02% -100.94%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Altair Engineering and BroadVision’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Altair Engineering $396.38 million 6.56 $13.72 million $0.37 99.43
BroadVision $5.05 million 1.18 -$7.00 million N/A N/A

Altair Engineering has higher revenue and earnings than BroadVision.


Altair Engineering beats BroadVision on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Altair Engineering Company Profile

Altair Engineering Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides software and cloud solutions worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Software and Client Engineering Services. Its integrated suite of multi-disciplinary computer aided engineering software optimizes design performance across various disciplines, including structures, motion, fluids, thermal management, electromagnetics, system modeling and embedded systems. The company offers software products in the areas of design, modeling, visualization; physics simulation; data intelligence; cloud computing; and Internet of Things for decision making in product design and development, manufacturing, energy management and exploration, financial services, health care, and retail operations. It also provides consulting, training, and implementation services; and client engineering services to support customers with ongoing product design and development services. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Troy, Michigan.

BroadVision Company Profile

BroadVision, Inc. develops, markets, and supports enterprise portal applications that enable companies to unify their e-business infrastructure and conduct interactions and transactions with employees, partners, and customers through a personalized self-service model. The company offers business agility suite, a portal that provides personalized views of information and processes; commerce agility suite, an e-commerce system for transacting business on the Web; Clearvale, an enterprise social network solution; Clear, a human resources management system; QuickSilver, a publishing system for large and complex documents; and Vmoso, a cloud application for conducting virtual enterprise communications, mobile workgroup collaborations, and social business engagements. It also provides frameworks that offer portal services for organizing and presenting information; commerce services for transacting business on the Web; process services for transforming people-intensive processes and collaborations into Web-based self-service applications; content services for managing Web content throughout its lifecycle; staging services for moving content from development environment to production environment; search for full-text and field searching of online content and referenced external files with relevance ranking; unified stream services for unification and integration of information; event driven services to deliver notifications through various messaging platforms; and migration services for data moving across platforms. In addition, the company offers business consulting, implementation, integration and package, upgrade and migration, and performance tuning services; education, and support maintenance services; and Vmoso and Kukini developer toolkits, and Kona framework, as well as Vmoso Enterprise Transformation, a proprietary implementation approach for the Vmoso collaborative solution. BroadVision, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Redwood City, California.

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