Critical Review: SAP SE (SAP) versus QAD (NASDAQ:QADB)

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for QAD and SAP SE, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
QAD 0 0 1 0 3.00
SAP SE 1 4 13 0 2.67

QAD currently has a consensus price target of $33.00, suggesting a potential upside of 20.00%. SAP SE has a consensus price target of $95.40, suggesting a potential downside of 13.49%. Given QAD’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe QAD is more favorable than SAP SE.

Risk and Volatility

QAD has a beta of 0.91, suggesting that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SAP SE has a beta of 1.12, suggesting that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares QAD and SAP SE’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
QAD -5.98% -0.48% -0.21%
SAP SE 14.81% 14.28% 8.20%


QAD pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. SAP SE pays an annual dividend of $0.98 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. QAD pays out -25.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. SAP SE pays out 31.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares QAD and SAP SE’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
QAD $290.14 million 1.82 $10.69 million ($0.94) -29.26
SAP SE $27.71 billion 4.77 $6.91 billion $3.11 35.46

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

1.8% of QAD shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.6% of SAP SE shares are held by institutional investors. 67.4% of QAD shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.4% of SAP SE shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


SAP SE beats QAD on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

SAP SE Company Profile

SAP SE (SAP) is a software and service provider. The Company offers enterprise application software. The Company operates through two segments: Applications, Technology & Services segment, and the SAP Business Network segment. The Applications, Technology & Services segment is engaged in the sale of software licenses, subscriptions to its cloud applications, and related services (primarily support services and various professional services, and support services, as well as implementation services of its software products and education services on the use of its products). The SAP Business Network segment includes its cloud-based collaborative business networks and services relating to the SAP Business Network (including cloud applications, professional services and education services). Within the SAP Business Network segment, the Company markets and sells the cloud offerings developed by SAP Ariba, SAP Fieldglass and Concur.

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