Hortonworks (NASDAQ: HDP) and Envestnet (NYSE:ENV) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Hortonworks and Envestnet’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hortonworks -89.35% -765.37% -94.91%
Envestnet -8.15% 8.93% 4.25%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Hortonworks and Envestnet’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hortonworks $184.46 million 6.97 -$251.68 million ($3.37) -5.41
Envestnet $578.16 million 3.94 -$55.56 million ($1.23) -41.83

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

Risk & Volatility

Hortonworks has a beta of 1.58, meaning that its share price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Envestnet has a beta of 1.97, meaning that its share price is 97% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Hortonworks and Envestnet, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hortonworks 0 3 11 0 2.79
Envestnet 0 2 4 0 2.67

Hortonworks currently has a consensus price target of $20.42, suggesting a potential upside of 11.93%. Envestnet has a consensus price target of $53.50, suggesting a potential upside of 3.98%. Given Hortonworks’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Hortonworks is more favorable than Envestnet.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

50.1% of Hortonworks shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.0% of Envestnet shares are held by institutional investors. 22.5% of Hortonworks shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.8% of Envestnet shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Envestnet beats Hortonworks on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hortonworks

Hortonworks, Inc. is a provider and distributor of enterprise-scale data management software platforms. The Company’s product offerings include Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), Hortonworks Sandbox and Hortonworks DataFlow Platform (HDF). It provides support subscription offerings and related professional services for its enterprise-scale Connected Data Platforms, such as HDP and HDF. Its Data at Rest solution, the HDP, is an enterprise-scale data management platform built entirely on open source software, including Apache Hadoop. HDP combines computer servers with local storage and open source software technology to create a distributed compute and storage platform for data sets that is secure and scalable over petabytes of data within thousands of servers or nodes. Its Data in Motion solution, the HDF, is an enterprise-scale data ingest platform built entirely on open source software, including Apache NiFi.

About Envestnet

Envestnet, Inc. is a provider of financial and wealth management technology and services to financial advisors, investors and financial service providers. The Company’s segments are Envestnet and Envestnet Yodlee. Its Envestnet segment provides unified wealth management software and services empowering financial advisors and institutions. Its Envestnet Yodlee segment is a data aggregation and data analytics platform. Its services and related technology are provided through Envestnet’s wealth management software, Envestnet PMC, Envestnet Tamarac, Vantage Reporting Solution, Envestnet WMS, Envestnet Placemark, Envestnet Retirement Solutions, Envestnet Yodlee and Envestnet Finance Logix. It operates Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) and a registered broker-dealer. Its centrally-hosted technology platform services include risk assessment and selection of investment strategies and solutions, asset allocation models, and research and due diligence.

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