Ellie Mae (NYSE: ELLI) and Guidewire Software (NYSE:GWRE) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Ellie Mae and Guidewire Software’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Ellie Mae||$360.29 million||8.57||$37.77 million||$1.51||59.21|
|Guidewire Software||$514.28 million||10.88||$21.22 million||$0.27||275.04|
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Ellie Mae and Guidewire Software, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Ellie Mae currently has a consensus price target of $113.10, suggesting a potential upside of 26.51%. Guidewire Software has a consensus price target of $79.57, suggesting a potential upside of 7.15%. Given Ellie Mae’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Ellie Mae is more favorable than Guidewire Software.
This table compares Ellie Mae and Guidewire Software’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Risk and Volatility
Ellie Mae has a beta of 0.28, indicating that its share price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Guidewire Software has a beta of 1.18, indicating that its share price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Ellie Mae beats Guidewire Software on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Ellie Mae
Ellie Mae, Inc. is a provider of on-demand software solutions and services for the residential mortgage industry in the United States. Banks, credit unions, mortgage lenders and mortgage brokers use the Company’s Encompass mortgage management solution to originate and fund mortgages. The Company’s Encompass software is an enterprise solution that handles functions involved in running the business of originating mortgages, including customer relationship management; loan processing; underwriting; preparation of application, disclosure and closing documents; funding and closing the loan for the borrower; compliance with regulatory and investor requirements, and overall enterprise management. It delivers Encompass software in an on-demand Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). It also hosts the Ellie Mae Network, an electronic platform that allows Encompass users to conduct electronic business transactions with investors and service providers they work with in order to process and fund loans.
About Guidewire Software
Guidewire Software, Inc. is a provider of software products for property and casualty (P&C) insurers. The Company’s software serves as a technology platform for P&C insurance carriers. The Company’s InsurancePlatform consists of three elements: core transaction processing, data management and analytics, and digital engagement. The Company sells its products to a range of global P&C insurance carriers ranging from global insurers to national carriers to regional carriers. The Company’s core transaction processing includes Guidewire InsuranceSuite, Guidewire PolicyCenter, Guidewire ClaimCenter, Guidewire BillingCenter and InsuranceSuite Add-on Modules. The Company’s data management and analytics includes Guidewire DataHub, Guidewire InfoCenter, Guidewire Live and Guidewire Predictive Analytics. The Company’s digital engagement includes Guidewire Digital Portals.
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