SS&C Technologies Holdings (NASDAQ: SSNC) and CounterPath Corporation (NASDAQ:CPAH) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, valuation and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.3% of SS&C Technologies Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.4% of CounterPath Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 17.6% of SS&C Technologies Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 38.3% of CounterPath Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares SS&C Technologies Holdings and CounterPath Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SS&C Technologies Holdings 13.47% 15.32% 6.45%
CounterPath Corporation -30.14% -34.00% -22.56%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for SS&C Technologies Holdings and CounterPath Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SS&C Technologies Holdings 0 1 6 2 3.11
CounterPath Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A

SS&C Technologies Holdings presently has a consensus target price of $42.63, suggesting a potential upside of 4.27%. Given SS&C Technologies Holdings’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe SS&C Technologies Holdings is more favorable than CounterPath Corporation.

Volatility and Risk

SS&C Technologies Holdings has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CounterPath Corporation has a beta of -0.69, suggesting that its share price is 169% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

SS&C Technologies Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. CounterPath Corporation does not pay a dividend. SS&C Technologies Holdings pays out 26.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SS&C Technologies Holdings and CounterPath Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SS&C Technologies Holdings $1.48 billion 5.68 $130.99 million $1.05 38.93
CounterPath Corporation $10.69 million 1.23 -$2.45 million ($0.66) -3.64

SS&C Technologies Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than CounterPath Corporation. CounterPath Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SS&C Technologies Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

SS&C Technologies Holdings beats CounterPath Corporation on 13 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

SS&C Technologies Holdings Company Profile

SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of software products and software-enabled services that allow financial services providers to automate complex business processes and manage their information processing requirements. The Company’s portfolio of software products and software-enabled services allows its clients to automate and integrate front-office functions, such as trading and modeling, middle-office functions, such as portfolio management and reporting, and back-office functions, such as accounting, performance measurement, reconciliation, reporting, processing and clearing. The Company provides its solutions across the globe to over 11,000 clients, principally within the institutional asset and wealth management, alternative investment management, financial advisory and financial institutions vertical markets. Its portfolio includes over 90 products and software-enabled services.

CounterPath Corporation Company Profile

CounterPath Corporation designs, develops and sells software and services that enable enterprises and telecommunication service providers to deliver unified communications (UC) services, including voice, video, messaging and collaboration functionality, over their Internet Protocol (IP)-based networks. The Company’s solutions range from software products to cloud-based services. Its software products include applications for smartphones, tablets and desktop computers, a Software Development Kit (SDK) for software developers seeking to add voice, video and messaging capabilities to their existing applications, and server-based software solutions for configuring, managing and supporting softphones and for deploying messaging and collaboration services. These software products are also available to customers in the form of cloud-based hosted services. The Company is focused on selling its software products to enterprises, telecommunication service providers and channel partners.

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