Sourcefire (NASDAQ: FIRE) and Determine (NASDAQ:DTRM) are both technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Sourcefire and Determine’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sourcefire N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Determine $27.46 million 0.93 -$9.45 million ($0.67) -2.57

Sourcefire has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Determine.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Sourcefire and Determine, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sourcefire 0 0 0 0 N/A
Determine 0 1 2 0 2.67

Sourcefire presently has a consensus price target of $2.50, suggesting a potential upside of 32.28%. Determine has a consensus price target of $3.83, suggesting a potential upside of 122.87%. Given Determine’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Determine is more favorable than Sourcefire.

Profitability

This table compares Sourcefire and Determine’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sourcefire N/A N/A N/A
Determine -30.72% -88.32% -14.81%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

17.6% of Determine shares are held by institutional investors. 10.0% of Determine shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Determine beats Sourcefire on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sourcefire

Sourcefire, Inc. (Sourcefire) is engaged in the business of delivering intelligent cybersecurity technologies. The Company provides a portfolio of solutions that enables commercial enterprises and government agencies worldwide to manage and minimize cybersecurity risks. Sourcefire provides customers with Agile Security that consists of hardware with embedded software, software and cloud-based solutions. It sells its solutions to a customer base that includes Global 2000 companies, global enterprises, the United States and international government agencies, and small and mid-size businesses. During the year ended December 31, 2012, it generated approximately 67% of the Company’s revenue from customers in the United States, and 33% of the Company’s revenue from customers outside of the United States. As of December 31, 2012, its product revenue and services revenue represented 61% and 39% of its total revenue, respectively.

About Determine

Determine, Inc., (Determine), formerly Selectica, Inc., is a provider of enterprise contract management, supply management and configuration solutions. The Company is engaged in providing software as a service (SaaS) Source to Pay and Enterprise Contract Lifecyclem Management (ECLM) solutions. Its Source to Pay software suite includes strategic sourcing, supplier management, contract management and procure-to-pay applications. The Determine Cloud Platform gives procurement, finance and legal professionals the ability to deliver insights through analysis of their supplier relationships and contractual requirements. The Determine platform is an open technology infrastructure based on smart process application models. In addition to its source to pay and enterprise contract lifecycle management solutions suite, Determine also provides a configuration engine solution. The Company’s Configuration engine consolidates the management and dissemination of complex product information.

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