Computer Task Group, (NASDAQ: CTG) and Appian Corporation (NASDAQ:APPN) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Computer Task Group, and Appian Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Computer Task Group, 0 0 1 0 3.00
Appian Corporation 0 4 1 0 2.20

Computer Task Group, presently has a consensus price target of $8.50, indicating a potential upside of 60.38%. Appian Corporation has a consensus price target of $18.50, indicating a potential downside of 16.82%. Given Computer Task Group,’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Computer Task Group, is more favorable than Appian Corporation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Computer Task Group, and Appian Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Computer Task Group, $308.08 million 0.27 $5.83 million ($0.88) -6.02
Appian Corporation $146.02 million 9.16 -$25.50 million N/A N/A

Computer Task Group, has higher revenue and earnings than Appian Corporation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

46.0% of Computer Task Group, shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.1% of Appian Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.4% of Computer Task Group, shares are owned by company 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.

Profitability

This table compares Computer Task Group, and Appian Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Computer Task Group, -4.50% 4.27% 2.67%
Appian Corporation N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Computer Task Group, beats Appian Corporation on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Computer Task Group,

Computer Task Group, Incorporated (CTG) is an information technology (IT) solutions and staffing services company. The Company primarily operates in the segment of providing IT services to its clients. The Company has operations in North America and Europe. The Company is engaged in providing IT services, including IT Solutions, and IT and other Staffing. CTG provides these primary services to all of the markets that it serves. The services provided encompass the IT business solution life cycle, including phases for planning, developing, implementing, managing, and maintaining the IT solution. It provides administrative or warehouse employees to clients to supplement the IT resources. The Company promotes a portion of its services through five vertical market focus areas: technology service providers, manufacturing, healthcare (which includes services provided to healthcare providers, health insurers, and life sciences companies), financial services, and diversified industrials.

About Appian Corporation

Appian Corporation provides a low-code software development platform as a service that enables organizations to develop applications. Through Company’s platform, organizations can design, build and implement, enterprise-grade custom applications. Decision makers can reimagine their products, services, processes and customer interactions. The Company’s platform automates the creation of forms, data flows, records, reports and other software elements. The Company’s SAIL technology allows developers to create an application once and deploy it everywhere. The Company’s products include business process management (BPM) software, case management, mobile application development and platform as a service. The Company provides its services to a range of industries including energy, insurance, health payers and providers, manufacturing, public sector, retail and transportation.

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