Alteryx (NYSE: AYX) and Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ:EPAY) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alteryx -18.68% -19.62% -8.35%
Bottomline Technologies -7.51% 5.84% 2.54%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

18.5% of Alteryx shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.0% of Bottomline Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.4% of Bottomline Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Alteryx and Bottomline Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alteryx $85.79 million 18.90 -$24.25 million N/A N/A
Bottomline Technologies $349.41 million 3.89 -$33.13 million ($0.70) -47.94

Alteryx has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Bottomline Technologies.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Alteryx and Bottomline Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alteryx 0 1 8 0 2.89
Bottomline Technologies 0 1 4 0 2.80

Alteryx presently has a consensus price target of $21.67, suggesting a potential downside of 20.92%. Bottomline Technologies has a consensus price target of $33.25, suggesting a potential downside of 0.92%. Given Bottomline Technologies’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Bottomline Technologies is more favorable than Alteryx.

Summary

Bottomline Technologies beats Alteryx on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Alteryx

Alteryx, Inc. is a United States-based provider of self-service data analytics software. The Company offers various products, such as Alteryx Designer, Alteryx Server and Alteryx Analytics Gallery. Alteryx Designer is a repeatable workflow for self-service data analytics. Alteryx Designer allows data analysts by combining data preparation, data blending, and analytics-predictive, statistical and spatial-using the same user interface. Alteryx Server is a scalable platform to deploy and share analytics. Alteryx Server accelerates time to analytical insight, and allows analysts and business users across organization to make data-driven decisions. Alteryx Analytics Gallery is an analytics cloud platform to recognize that business decision makers expect their business applications to be as engaging as the applications they use at home. Its solutions include analytic, departmental and industry. Its analytic solutions connect business analysts and decision makers to data.

About Bottomline Technologies

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.

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