Hortonworks (NASDAQ: HDP) and Shotspotter (NASDAQ:SSTI) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and dividends.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Hortonworks and Shotspotter’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Hortonworks||$261.81 million||5.70||-$204.51 million||($3.10)||-6.63|
|Shotspotter||$23.76 million||9.07||-$9.98 million||N/A||N/A|
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Hortonworks and Shotspotter, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Hortonworks presently has a consensus target price of $22.46, suggesting a potential upside of 9.30%. Shotspotter has a consensus target price of $25.67, suggesting a potential upside of 14.94%. Given Shotspotter’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Shotspotter is more favorable than Hortonworks.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
67.5% of Hortonworks shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 42.5% of Shotspotter shares are held by institutional investors. 22.5% of Hortonworks shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares Hortonworks and Shotspotter’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Shotspotter beats Hortonworks on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
Hortonworks, Inc. is a provider and distributor of enterprise-scale data management software platforms. The Company’s product offerings include Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), Hortonworks Sandbox and Hortonworks DataFlow Platform (HDF). It provides support subscription offerings and related professional services for its enterprise-scale Connected Data Platforms, such as HDP and HDF. Its Data at Rest solution, the HDP, is an enterprise-scale data management platform built entirely on open source software, including Apache Hadoop. HDP combines computer servers with local storage and open source software technology to create a distributed compute and storage platform for data sets that is secure and scalable over petabytes of data within thousands of servers or nodes. Its Data in Motion solution, the HDF, is an enterprise-scale data ingest platform built entirely on open source software, including Apache NiFi.
ShotSpotter, Inc. is engaged in designing and delivering gunfire alert and analysis solutions. The Company offers its software solutions on a SaaS-based subscription model. It has one operating segment with one business activity, providing gunshot detection systems. Its safety solutions include ShotSpotter Flex, ShotSpotter (SST) SecureCampus and ShotSpotter SiteSecure. ShotSpotter Flex is an outdoor public safety solution, serves cities and municipalities seeking to identify, locate and deter persistent a real-time gunshot detection system into their policing systems. SST SecureCampus is integrates its indoor and outdoor solutions in order to help the law enforcement and security personnel serving universities, colleges and other educational institutions. ShotSpotter SiteSecure is integrates its indoor and outdoor solutions for customers such as corporations trying to safeguard their facilities and public agencies focused on protecting critical infrastructure.
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