Reviewing ChannelAdvisor (NYSE:ECOM) & Agilysys (AGYS)

ChannelAdvisor (NYSE: ECOM) and Agilysys (NASDAQ:AGYS) 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 risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and earnings.


This table compares ChannelAdvisor and Agilysys’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ChannelAdvisor -13.51% -17.47% -10.41%
Agilysys -10.66% -12.12% -8.35%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

74.6% of ChannelAdvisor shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.0% of Agilysys shares are held by institutional investors. 11.3% of ChannelAdvisor shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 34.7% of Agilysys shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares ChannelAdvisor and Agilysys’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ChannelAdvisor $122.54 million 1.96 -$16.55 million ($0.63) -14.37
Agilysys $127.68 million 2.23 -$11.72 million ($0.58) -21.03

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

Risk & Volatility

ChannelAdvisor has a beta of 0.13, suggesting that its share price is 87% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Agilysys has a beta of 0.41, suggesting that its share price is 59% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for ChannelAdvisor and Agilysys, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ChannelAdvisor 0 4 4 0 2.50
Agilysys 0 0 0 0 N/A

ChannelAdvisor presently has a consensus target price of $12.38, suggesting a potential upside of 36.74%. Given ChannelAdvisor’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe ChannelAdvisor is more favorable than Agilysys.


Agilysys beats ChannelAdvisor on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

ChannelAdvisor Company Profile

Channeladvisor Corporation is a provider of Software as a service (SaaS) solutions. The Company’s SaaS solutions enable retailer and branded manufacturer customers to integrate, manage and optimize their merchandise sales via hundreds of online channels. The Company’s platform enable its customers to connect with new and existing sources of demand for their products, including e-commerce marketplaces, such as Amazon, eBay,, Newegg, Sears and Walmart, search engines and comparison shopping Websites, such as Google, Microsoft’s Bing and Nextag, and social channels, such as Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Its suite of solutions provides customers with a single, integrated user interface to manage their product listings, inventory availability, pricing optimization, search terms, data analytics and other functions. It also offers solutions that allow manufacturers to send their Web visitors or digital marketing audiences directly to authorized resellers.

Agilysys Company Profile

Agilysys, Inc. is a technology company. The Company provides software for point-of-sale (POS), property management, inventory and procurement, workforce management, analytics, document management, and mobile and wireless solutions and services to the hospitality industry. The Company serves four market sectors: gaming, both corporate and tribal; hotels, resorts and cruise; foodservice management, and restaurants, universities, stadia and healthcare. The Company is a developer and marketer of software enabled solutions and services to the hospitality industry, including hardware and software products; support, maintenance and subscription services, and professional services. The rGuest platform is designed to run as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based platform on the public cloud, private cloud, on-premise or in a hybrid configuration. The rGuest platform includes various in-market solutions, such as rGuest Stay, rGuest Buy, rGuest Seat, rGuest Pay and rGuest Analyze.

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