Upland Software (NASDAQ: UPLD) and Tyler Technologies (NYSE:TYL) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

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This table compares Upland Software and Tyler Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Upland Software $97.95 million 6.21 -$18.72 million ($1.03) -28.42
Tyler Technologies $840.66 million 9.58 $163.94 million $4.17 50.95

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

50.2% of Upland Software shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.5% of Tyler Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 30.2% of Upland Software shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.3% of Tyler Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Upland Software and Tyler Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Upland Software -19.12% -3.16% -1.17%
Tyler Technologies 19.50% 12.49% 8.99%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Upland Software and Tyler Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Upland Software 0 1 5 0 2.83
Tyler Technologies 0 2 8 0 2.80

Upland Software presently has a consensus target price of $30.50, indicating a potential upside of 4.20%. Tyler Technologies has a consensus target price of $207.90, indicating a potential downside of 2.16%. Given Upland Software’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Upland Software is more favorable than Tyler Technologies.

Risk and Volatility

Upland Software has a beta of 0.52, suggesting that its stock price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tyler Technologies has a beta of 0.97, suggesting that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Tyler Technologies beats Upland Software on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Upland Software Company Profile

Upland Software Inc. is a provider of cloud-based enterprise work management software. The Company provides a family of cloud-based enterprise work management software applications for the information technology, process excellence, finance, professional services and marketing functions within organizations. Its software applications serve a range of enterprise work management needs, from strategic planning to task execution. It services customers ranging from corporations and Government agencies to small- and medium-sized businesses. Its customers operate in a range of industries, including financial services, retail, technology, manufacturing, education, consumer goods, media, and telecommunications, Government, food and beverage, healthcare and life sciences, chemicals and travel and hospitality. The Company provides a family of cloud-based enterprise work management software applications under the Upland brand.

Tyler Technologies Company Profile

Tyler Technologies, Inc. is a provider of information management solutions and services for the public sector, with a focus on local governments. The Company operates through two segments: Enterprise Software (ES) segment and The Appraisal and Tax (A&T) segment. ES segment provides municipal and county governments and schools with software systems and services for information technology and automation needs that includes back-office functions, such as financial management, courts and justice processes, public safety, planning regulatory and maintenance, and land and vital records management. A&T segment provides systems and software that automate the appraisal and assessment of real and personal property, as well as property appraisal outsourcing services for local governments and taxing authorities.

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