Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) and QAD (NASDAQ:QADA) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and dividends.

Dividends

QAD pays an annual dividend of $0.29 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Tableau Software does not pay a dividend. QAD pays out -30.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Tableau Software and QAD, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tableau Software 3 15 13 0 2.32
QAD 0 1 4 0 2.80

Tableau Software presently has a consensus target price of $64.80, suggesting a potential downside of 13.47%. QAD has a consensus target price of $35.67, suggesting a potential upside of 3.83%. Given QAD’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe QAD is more favorable than Tableau Software.

Profitability

This table compares Tableau Software and QAD’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tableau Software -17.08% -18.71% -11.72%
QAD -5.98% -0.47% -0.20%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

77.6% of Tableau Software shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.7% of QAD shares are owned by institutional investors. 29.0% of Tableau Software shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 44.1% of QAD shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Tableau Software has a beta of 0.88, meaning that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, QAD has a beta of 1.03, meaning that its share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Tableau Software and QAD’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tableau Software $869.50 million 6.81 -$93.86 million ($1.93) -38.80
QAD $290.14 million 2.28 $10.69 million ($0.94) -36.54

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

Summary

QAD beats Tableau Software on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Tableau Software Company Profile

Tableau Software, Inc. (Tableau) offers software products. The Company’s products are used by people of diverse skill levels across all kinds of organizations. The Company’s products are used by people of skill levels across all kinds of organizations. Its technologies include visual query language (VizQL) and Hybrid Data Architecture. VizQL unifies the formerly disparate tasks of query and visualization and allows users to transform questions into pictures without the need for software scripts, chart wizards or dialogue boxes. The Company’s products include Tableau Desktop, a self-service product for anyone with data; Tableau Server, a business intelligence platform for organizations; Tableau Online, a hosted software-as-a-service (SaaS) version of Tableau Server; Tableau Public, a cloud-based platform for analyzing and sharing public data, and Vizable, an application used to analyze data on a tablet.

QAD Company Profile

QAD Inc. (QAD) is a provider of vertically oriented enterprise software solutions for global manufacturing companies across the automotive, life sciences, consumer products, food and beverage, high technology and industrial products industries. QAD Enterprise Applications enables measurement and control of business processes and supports operational requirements, including financials, manufacturing, demand and supply chain planning, customer management, business intelligence and business process management. QAD delivers components of its solution for a range of mobile platforms. The Company’s mobile suite includes a requisition approval solution, a mobile business intelligence solution, mobile browse capability and mobile application monitoring tools to support system administrators. Its mobile browse capability allows users to view, filter and sort data accessible through QAD Browses within QAD Enterprise Applications using mobile devices.

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