ServiceSource International (NASDAQ: SREV) and Imperva (NYSE:IMPV) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

74.9% of ServiceSource International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.7% of Imperva shares are held by institutional investors. 30.3% of ServiceSource International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Imperva shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

ServiceSource International has a beta of 1.39, indicating that its share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Imperva has a beta of 2.23, indicating that its share price is 123% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ServiceSource International and Imperva’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ServiceSource International $246.14 million 1.29 -$6.57 million ($0.49) -7.24
Imperva $293.55 million 5.23 -$18.92 million ($2.06) -22.04

ServiceSource International has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Imperva. Imperva is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ServiceSource International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares ServiceSource International and Imperva’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ServiceSource International -17.26% -3.70% -1.50%
Imperva -4.69% -5.00% -2.98%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for ServiceSource International and Imperva, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ServiceSource International 0 1 0 0 2.00
Imperva 0 6 11 0 2.65

ServiceSource International presently has a consensus target price of $5.25, indicating a potential upside of 47.89%. Imperva has a consensus target price of $52.32, indicating a potential upside of 15.25%. Given ServiceSource International’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe ServiceSource International is more favorable than Imperva.

Summary

Imperva beats ServiceSource International on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ServiceSource International

ServiceSource International, Inc. (ServiceSource) is a provider of customer and revenue lifecycle solutions that power enterprise revenue relationships, partnering with business to business technology and technology-enabled companies. The Company operates through two segments: Managed Services, and Cloud and Business Intelligence (CBI). The Company delivers through service teams and integral cloud-based technologies from its database of service. By integrating managed services, cloud software and data, the Company provides its clients with insights into their end customers businesses, end-to-end management and service-contract renewals process. As of December 31, 2016, it managed approximately 143 engagements across 66 clients. Its solutions are designed to optimize recurring revenue across various revenue models, distribution models and segments, including hardware, software, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), industrial systems, technology-enabled healthcare and life sciences.

About Imperva

Imperva, Inc. provides cyber-security solutions that protect business-critical data and applications whether in the cloud or on premises. The Company is engaged in the development, marketing, sales, service and support of cyber-security solutions. The Company’s products include its Imperva SecureSphere Paltform, Imperva CounterBreach and Imperva Camouflage for enterprise data centers, and Imperva Incapsula offering for cloud-based security services. Its Imperva SecureSphere provides database, file and Web application security across various physical and virtual systems in data centers, including in private, public and hybrid cloud computing environments. Its Imperva Incapsula product line provides cloud-based Website security, denial of service protection and performance solutions. Its Imperva Camouflage creates realistic, functional data for development, testing, and training by disguising sensitive information, while maintaining the characteristics of the original data.

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