SciQuest (SQI) & Digital Turbine (APPS) Critical Comparison

SciQuest (NASDAQ: SQI) and Digital Turbine (NASDAQ:APPS) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for SciQuest and Digital Turbine, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SciQuest 0 0 0 0 N/A
Digital Turbine 0 0 4 0 3.00

Digital Turbine has a consensus target price of $1.83, suggesting a potential downside of 24.27%. Given Digital Turbine’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Digital Turbine is more favorable than SciQuest.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

22.6% of Digital Turbine shares are held by institutional investors. 5.8% of Digital Turbine shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

SciQuest has a beta of 1.24, indicating that its stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Digital Turbine has a beta of 1.33, indicating that its stock price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares SciQuest and Digital Turbine’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SciQuest 3.93% 2.23% 1.59%
Digital Turbine -18.66% -22.65% -11.95%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SciQuest and Digital Turbine’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SciQuest N/A N/A N/A $0.11 161.36
Digital Turbine $91.55 million 1.98 -$24.26 million ($0.32) -7.53

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


Digital Turbine beats SciQuest on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SciQuest

JAGGAER is a United States-based public provider of spend management solutions. The Company’s offers a range of solutions, such as Spend Director, Spend Radar, Sourcing Director, Advanced Sourcing Optimizer, Total Contract Manager, Total Supplier Manager, Enterprise Reagent Manager, Accounts Payable Director, Supplier Network and Portfolio Savings Manager. Its Spend Director is an e-procurement software, which allows users’ to integrate and automate processes, suppliers, compliance and workflows. Its Portfolio Savings Manager is a cloud-based savings management software that integrates project forecasting, initiative approval workflows and real-time savings. Its chemical inventory management software, Enterprise Reagent Manager (ERM), allows scientific staff in the organization to find, source and track commercial and proprietary chemicals, reagents and lab supplies. Its Total Contract Manager is a Contract Lifecycle Management solution that offers real-time updates.

About Digital Turbine

Digital Turbine, Inc. is engaged in delivering end-to-end products and solutions for mobile operators, application advertisers, device original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other third parties to enable them to monetize mobile content. The Company operates its business in two operating segments: Advertising and Content. The Advertising segment consists of two businesses: Operator and OEM (O&O) and Advertiser and Publisher (A&P). The O&O business is an advertiser solution for carrier and OEM inventory consisting of services, such as Ignite, a mobile device management platform and Discover, an intelligent application discovery platform. Its A&P business is a mobile user acquisition network across the world consisting of services, such as syndicated network and real time bidding (RTB). The Content segment consists of services, including Marketplace, which is an application and content store, and Pay, which is a content management and mobile payment solution.

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