Ellie Mae (NYSE:ELLI) and SAP (NYSE:SAP) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Ellie Mae and SAP’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ellie Mae 5.02% 4.17% 3.70%
SAP 12.81% 15.57% 8.51%

Dividends

SAP pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Ellie Mae does not pay a dividend. SAP pays out 26.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. SAP has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

Ellie Mae has a beta of 1.4, meaning that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SAP has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

4.9% of SAP shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.1% of Ellie Mae shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.4% of SAP shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Ellie Mae and SAP, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ellie Mae 4 8 3 0 1.93
SAP 0 7 8 0 2.53

Ellie Mae currently has a consensus target price of $86.00, indicating a potential downside of 13.12%. SAP has a consensus target price of $112.88, indicating a potential downside of 12.08%. Given SAP’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe SAP is more favorable than Ellie Mae.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ellie Mae and SAP’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ellie Mae $480.27 million 7.17 $22.58 million $1.03 96.11
SAP $29.18 billion 5.40 $4.82 billion $4.53 28.34

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

Summary

SAP beats Ellie Mae on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ellie Mae

Ellie Mae, Inc. provides cloud-based platform for the mortgage finance industry in the United States. It provides Encompass, an enterprise solution that engages in running the business of originating mortgages, including marketing and lead management; loan origination and processing; underwriting; preparation of mortgage applications, disclosure agreements, and closing documents; loan funding and closing; compliance with regulatory and investor requirements; and enterprise management. The company's Encompass Digital Lending Platform helps lenders and investors across their workflow from the prospective customers to the point of loan delivery. In addition, the company provides education and training services; professional and technical support services; and loan product, policy, and guideline data and analytics services. Ellie Mae, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Pleasanton, California.

About SAP

SAP SE operates as an enterprise application software, and analytics and business intelligence company worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Applications, Technology & Services; SAP Business Network; and Customer Experience. It offers SAP HANA, which enables businesses to process and analyze live data; SAP Data Hub, a solution for businesses to manage data from various sources; and SAP Cloud platform that offers an enterprise platform-as-a-service. The company also provides SAP Leonardo, a system that combines design thinking services with intelligent technologies for business processes; SAP Analytics Cloud, which leverages the intersection of business intelligence, planning, and predictive analytics; SAP BW/4HANA, a data warehouse solution; SAP S/4HANA, an enterprise resource planning suite for intelligent enterprises; SAP Integrated Business Planning solutions that deliver real-time supply chain planning capabilities; and SAP Business One, an on-premise and cloud business application. In addition, it offers SAP Fiori, an user experience interface; SAP SuccessFactors Human Capital Management solutions that help organizations enhance the value of their workforce; SAP Fieldglass, a cloud-based application for external workforce management and services procurement; SAP Ariba, an online business-to-business marketplace; and SAP Concur, a travel and expense management software. Further, the company provides SAP MaxAttention to turn ideas into value-based predictable outcomes; and SAP ActiveAttention program, a premium-level engagement solution to support smaller businesses. Additionally, it offers SAP Enterprise Support services that provides proactive, predictive, and preventive support for customers across hybrid landscapes; and SAP Preferred Success, which provides a bundle of prescriptive customer success activities for accelerated cloud adoption. SAP SE was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Walldorf, Germany.

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