Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ: EPAY) and CommVault Systems (NASDAQ:CVLT) are both software – nec companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability and institutional ownership.


This table compares Bottomline Technologies and CommVault Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bottomline Technologies -7.51% 5.84% 2.54%
CommVault Systems 0.28% -0.17% -0.09%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Bottomline Technologies and CommVault Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bottomline Technologies 0 1 4 0 2.80
CommVault Systems 0 2 8 0 2.80

Bottomline Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $33.25, indicating a potential downside of 8.33%. CommVault Systems has a consensus target price of $70.00, indicating a potential upside of 29.87%. Given CommVault Systems’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe CommVault Systems is more favorable than Bottomline Technologies.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Bottomline Technologies and CommVault Systems’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bottomline Technologies $349.41 million 4.20 -$33.13 million ($0.71) -51.08
CommVault Systems $650.52 million 3.83 $540,000.00 $0.03 1,796.67

CommVault Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Bottomline Technologies. Bottomline Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CommVault Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Bottomline Technologies has a beta of 1.17, indicating that its share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CommVault Systems has a beta of 1.44, indicating that its share price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

98.5% of Bottomline Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.3% of CommVault Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of Bottomline Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.4% of CommVault Systems shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


CommVault Systems beats Bottomline Technologies on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bottomline Technologies Company Profile

Bottomline Technologies (de), Inc. is engaged in providing a set of cloud-based business payment, digital banking, fraud prevention, payment and financial document solutions. The Company helps businesses pay and get paid. It offers hosted or Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions, as well as software designed to run on-site at the customer’s location. It operates through four segments: Payments and Transactional Documents, Hosted Solutions, Digital Banking and Other. The Payments and Transactional Documents segment is a supplier of software products that provide a range of financial business process management solutions, including making and collecting payments and generating and storing business documents. The Hosted Solutions segment provides customers with SaaS technology offerings. The Digital Banking segment provides solutions to banking and financial institution customers. The Other segment consists of its healthcare and cyber fraud and risk management operating segments.

CommVault Systems Company Profile

Commvault Systems, Inc. (Commvault) is a provider of data and information management software applications and related services. The Company develops, markets and sells a suite of software applications and services, primarily in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, that provides its customers with data protection solutions supporting all operating systems, applications, and databases on virtual and physical servers, Network Attached Storage (NAS) shares, cloud-based infrastructures, and mobile devices; management through a single console; multiple protection methods, including backup and archive, snapshot management, replication, and content indexing for eDiscovery; storage management using deduplication for disk, tape and cloud; integration with the storage arrays; complete virtual infrastructure management supporting multiple hypervisors; security capabilities to limit access to critical data, and policy-based data management.

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