Progress Software (NASDAQ: PRGS) and Amber Road (NYSE:AMBR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Volatility & Risk

Progress Software has a beta of 0.65, suggesting that its stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Amber Road has a beta of 0.77, suggesting that its stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Progress Software and Amber Road’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Progress Software $405.34 million 5.02 -$55.72 million ($1.09) -39.06
Amber Road $73.16 million 2.73 -$18.72 million ($0.57) -12.88

Amber Road has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Progress Software. Progress Software is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Amber Road, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Progress Software and Amber Road, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Progress Software 0 2 1 0 2.33
Amber Road 0 0 3 0 3.00

Progress Software currently has a consensus price target of $37.00, indicating a potential downside of 13.08%. Amber Road has a consensus price target of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 63.49%. Given Amber Road’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Amber Road is more favorable than Progress Software.

Dividends

Progress Software pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Amber Road does not pay a dividend. Progress Software pays out -51.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.6% of Progress Software shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.6% of Amber Road shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.5% of Progress Software shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.1% of Amber Road shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Progress Software and Amber Road’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Progress Software -13.23% 20.30% 10.82%
Amber Road -20.19% -53.22% -14.53%

Summary

Progress Software beats Amber Road on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Progress Software

Progress Software Corporation is engaged in application development. The Company operates through three segments: OpenEdge, Data Connectivity and Integration (DCI), and Application Development and Deployment (AppDev). The OpenEdge business segment provides the product enhancements and marketing support to its partner base. It is also focused on providing partners and direct end users with a path to develop and integrate cloud-based applications. Its solutions include Progress OpenEdge and Progress Corticon. The DCI segment is focused on its data assets, including the data integration components of its cloud offerings. Its solutions include Progress DataDirect Connect and Progress DataDirect Cloud. The AppDev business segment is focused on generating customers for its application development assets. Its solutions include Dev Tools, NativeScript, Dev Cloud, Telerik Platform, Test Studio, Sitefinity and Progress Rollbase. Its offerings span Web, mobile and data.

About Amber Road

Amber Road, Inc. is a provider of cloud-based global trade management (GTM) solutions. The Company’s GTM solutions include modules for logistics contract and rate management, supply chain visibility and event management, international trade compliance, and Global Knowledge trade content database to importers and exporters, non-vessel owning common carriers (resellers), and ocean carriers. The Company delivers its GTM solution using a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. The Company’s solution automates the global supply chain across sourcing, logistics, cross-border trade and regulatory compliance activities. The Company’s GTM solution combines enterprise-class software, trade content sourced from government agencies and transportation providers in approximately 145 countries, and a global supply chain network connecting its customers with the trading partners, including suppliers, freight forwarders, customs brokers and transportation carriers.

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