Comparing Appian (APPN) and Upland Software (NASDAQ:UPLD)

Upland Software (NASDAQ: UPLD) and Appian (NASDAQ:APPN) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Upland Software and Appian, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Upland Software 0 1 5 0 2.83
Appian 3 5 0 0 1.63

Upland Software presently has a consensus price target of $27.25, indicating a potential upside of 25.63%. Appian has a consensus price target of $23.33, indicating a potential downside of 16.67%. Given Upland Software’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Upland Software is more favorable than Appian.


This table compares Upland Software and Appian’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Upland Software -18.89% -13.22% -5.17%
Appian N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

32.1% of Upland Software shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 11.8% of Appian shares are owned by institutional investors. 30.2% of Upland Software shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Upland Software and Appian’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Upland Software $74.77 million 6.03 -$13.51 million ($0.96) -22.59
Appian N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Appian has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Upland Software.


Upland Software beats Appian on 6 of the 9 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.

Appian Company Profile

Appian Corporation provides a low-code software development platform as a service that enables organizations to develop applications. Through Company’s platform, organizations can design, build and implement, enterprise-grade custom applications. Decision makers can reimagine their products, services, processes and customer interactions. The Company’s platform automates the creation of forms, data flows, records, reports and other software elements. The Company’s SAIL technology allows developers to create an application once and deploy it everywhere. The Company’s products include business process management (BPM) software, case management, mobile application development and platform as a service. The Company provides its services to a range of industries including energy, insurance, health payers and providers, manufacturing, public sector, retail and transportation.

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