Analyzing QAD Inc. Class B (QADB) and Gridsum (GSUM)

QAD Inc. Class B (NASDAQ:QADB) and Gridsum (NASDAQ:GSUM) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares QAD Inc. Class B and Gridsum’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
QAD Inc. Class B $305.02 million 2.85 -$9.06 million N/A N/A
Gridsum $57.65 million 2.58 -$9.74 million N/A N/A

QAD Inc. Class B has higher revenue and earnings than Gridsum.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for QAD Inc. Class B and Gridsum, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
QAD Inc. Class B 0 0 0 0 N/A
Gridsum 0 0 0 0 N/A


QAD Inc. Class B pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Gridsum does not pay a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

QAD Inc. Class B has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gridsum has a beta of 4.36, suggesting that its stock price is 336% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares QAD Inc. Class B and Gridsum’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
QAD Inc. Class B -0.86% -2.60% -1.07%
Gridsum N/A N/A N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

1.9% of QAD Inc. Class B shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 32.2% of Gridsum shares are held by institutional investors. 67.4% of QAD Inc. Class B shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

QAD Inc. Class B Company Profile

QAD, Inc. provides enterprise software solutions for global manufacturing companies primarily in the automotive, consumer products, food and beverage, technology, industrial products, and life sciences industries. Its applications provide critical functionality for managing manufacturing resources and operations within and beyond the enterprise, enabling global manufacturers to collaborate with their customers, suppliers and partners. It offers the On Premise and On Demand deployment models. The company was founded by Pamela Meyer Lopker in 1979 and is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA.

Gridsum Company Profile

Gridsum Holding Inc. provides data analysis software for enterprises and government agencies in China. Its proprietary distributed data architecture allows its customers to collect and analyze information; and Gridsum Big Data platform performs multi-dimensional correlation analysis and analyzes complex real-time events. The company offers Web Dissector to analyze customer Websites by monitoring and analyzing key performance indicators; Mobile Dissector to understand mobile app user activity; SEM Dissector for search engine marketing; SEO Dissector, a search engine optimization tool; Ad Dissector, an advertisement performance monitoring and optimization product; Contribution Dissector to evaluate the performance of advertising campaigns; Audience Dissector, an audience analysis product; and Recommendation Engine, a data driven content recommendation solution. It also provides Government Web Dissector, a digital intelligence solution; Government Website Group Integrated Management Platform, an integrated management platform; Streaming Dissector, a real-time viewership analysis for digital online video; Video Dissector, an online video content analytics tool; TV Dissector, an analytics tool; Rating Plus, a television viewing data analytics tool; and Media Dissector, a mass, social, and user-generated content media monitoring and analytics tool. In addition, the company offers Law Dissector, a search and statistical analysis tool; Smart Push, a legal research tool; Information Dissector, an insightful analytical system; Social Listening, a cloud-based social listening solution; Gridsum Dashboard, a data visualization tool; and Gridsum Report Center, an automated report generation and distribution tool. Further, it develops new media analytics and information discovery solutions to address customer needs. Gridsum Holding Inc. has a strategic cooperation framework agreement with Bee China. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Beijing, China.

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