Head to Head Contrast: Oracle (ORCL) vs. Clicksoftware Technologies (CKSW)

Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) and Clicksoftware Technologies (NASDAQ:CKSW) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Oracle and Clicksoftware Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Oracle 0 10 29 0 2.74
Clicksoftware Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Oracle currently has a consensus price target of $54.93, suggesting a potential upside of 10.72%. Given Oracle’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Oracle is more favorable than Clicksoftware Technologies.

Volatility & Risk

Oracle has a beta of 1.05, suggesting that its share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clicksoftware Technologies has a beta of 1.4, suggesting that its share price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Oracle and Clicksoftware Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Oracle $37.73 billion 5.49 $9.34 billion $2.29 21.66
Clicksoftware Technologies N/A N/A N/A ($0.17) -74.12

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

Profitability

This table compares Oracle and Clicksoftware Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Oracle 25.34% 20.55% 8.36%
Clicksoftware Technologies -17.41% -33.03% -19.26%

Dividends

Oracle pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Clicksoftware Technologies does not pay a dividend. Oracle pays out 33.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Oracle has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

57.7% of Oracle shares are held by institutional investors. 29.0% of Oracle shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Oracle beats Clicksoftware Technologies on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Oracle Company Profile

Oracle Corporation (Oracle) provides products and services that address all aspects of corporate information technology (IT) environments, including application, platform and infrastructure. The Company’s businesses include cloud and on-premise software, hardware and services. Its cloud and on-premise software business consists of three segments, including cloud software and on-premise software, which includes Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings, cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and software license updates and product support. Its hardware business consists of two segments, including hardware products and hardware support. The Company’s services business includes the remainder of the Company’s segments. Its services business includes activities, such as consulting services, enhanced support services and education services, among others.

Clicksoftware Technologies Company Profile

ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd. is a provider of software products and solutions for workforce management and optimization both for mobile and in-house resources. The Company’s solutions are grouped into four main suites, which together comprise its Service Optimization Suite: Field Service Daily Suite, Roster (Shift Planning) Suite, Mobility Suite, and Forecasting and Planning Suite. Field Service Daily Suite covers automatic decision making and optimization support to manage field service operations. Roster (Shift Planning) Suite covers shift planning needs for both the manager, as well as the employee. Mobility Suite covers the needs of the mobile individual and back-office staff for field data communication. Forecasting and Planning Suite covers tactical short term resource planning. The Company operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Francisco Partners.

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