Contrasting Brightcove (BCOV) & Datawatch Corporation (DWCH)

Brightcove (NASDAQ: BCOV) and Datawatch Corporation (NASDAQ:DWCH) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Brightcove and Datawatch Corporation, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brightcove 0 2 1 0 2.33
Datawatch Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50

Brightcove presently has a consensus target price of $7.67, indicating a potential upside of 9.52%. Datawatch Corporation has a consensus target price of $10.00, indicating a potential downside of 8.26%. Given Brightcove’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Brightcove is more favorable than Datawatch Corporation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Brightcove and Datawatch Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brightcove $153.34 million 1.57 -$10.62 million ($0.55) -12.73
Datawatch Corporation $34.67 million 3.84 -$3.87 million ($0.43) -25.35

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

Volatility and Risk

Brightcove has a beta of 1.81, meaning that its stock price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Datawatch Corporation has a beta of 1.02, meaning that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Brightcove and Datawatch Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brightcove -12.22% -19.65% -11.19%
Datawatch Corporation -14.74% -10.87% -7.53%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

62.2% of Brightcove shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.7% of Datawatch Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.4% of Brightcove shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 17.7% of Datawatch Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Datawatch Corporation beats Brightcove on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Brightcove

Brightcove Inc. is a global provider of cloud-based services for video. The Company’s products and services include Brightcove Video Cloud (Video Cloud), Brightcove Zencoder (Zencoder), Brightcove Once (Once), Brightcove Perform (Perform), Brightcove Video Marketing Suite (Video Marketing Suite), Brightcove Lift (Lift), Brightcove OTT Flow (OTT Flow) and Brightcove Enterprise Video Suite (Enterprise Video Suite), among others. Video Cloud is an online video platform. Video Cloud enables its customers to publish and distribute video to Internet-connected devices. Zencoder is a cloud-based video encoding service. Once is a cloud-based advertisement insertion and video stitching service. Perform is a cloud-based service for creating and managing video player experiences. Video Marketing Suite is a suite of video technologies designed to address the needs of marketers to drive awareness, engagement and conversion.

About Datawatch Corporation

Datawatch Corporation is engaged in the design, development, marketing, distribution and support of business computer software primarily for the self-service data preparation and visual data discovery markets. The Company also provides services, including implementation and support of its software products, as well as training on their use and administration. The Company’s product family includes Datawatch Monarch, Datawatch Panopticon and Datawatch Report Mining Server (RMS). The Company offers its enterprise products through perpetual licenses and subscription pricing models. The Company also offers educational services for customers and partners implementing and learning about the platform, maintenance and support, and professional services to provide in-depth technical assistance for software implementations. The Company offers an array of live and virtual classroom instruction, including private onsite classes.

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