Reviewing Asure Software (NASDAQ:ASUR) & SciQuest (SQI)

SciQuest (NASDAQ: SQI) and Asure Software (NASDAQ:ASUR) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for SciQuest and Asure Software, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SciQuest 0 0 0 0 N/A
Asure Software 0 1 8 0 2.89

Asure Software has a consensus target price of $16.57, suggesting a potential upside of 10.70%. Given Asure Software’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Asure Software is more favorable than SciQuest.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SciQuest and Asure Software’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SciQuest N/A N/A N/A $0.11 161.36
Asure Software $35.54 million 5.25 -$970,000.00 ($0.38) -39.39

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

Profitability

This table compares SciQuest and Asure Software’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SciQuest 3.93% 2.23% 1.59%
Asure Software -8.28% 6.96% 2.09%

Risk and Volatility

SciQuest has a beta of 1.24, meaning that its stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Asure Software has a beta of 1.17, meaning that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

46.6% of Asure Software shares are held by institutional investors. 22.7% of Asure Software shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Asure Software beats SciQuest on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SciQuest

SciQuest, Inc. is a United States-based public provider of spend management solutions. The Company’s offers a range of solutions, such as Spend Director, Spend Radar, Sourcing Director, Advanced Sourcing Optimizer, Total Contract Manager, Total Supplier Manager, Enterprise Reagent Manager, Accounts Payable Director, Supplier Network and Portfolio Savings Manager. Its Spend Director is an e-procurement software, which allows users’ to integrate and automate processes, suppliers, compliance and workflows. Its Portfolio Savings Manager is a cloud-based savings management software that integrates project forecasting, initiative approval workflows and real-time savings. Its chemical inventory management software, Enterprise Reagent Manager (ERM), allows scientific staff in the organization to find, source and track commercial and proprietary chemicals, reagents and lab supplies. Its Total Contract Manager is a Contract Lifecycle Management solution that offers real-time updates.

About Asure Software

Asure Software, Inc. is a global provider of cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions that help companies to bring people, time, space and assets together. The Company serves approximately 6,000 clients in over 80 countries. The Company offers a range of solutions to help its clients optimize and manage mobile workforces and global workspaces. Its SaaS-based offerings include asset management, mobile room scheduling, mobile time tracking, scheduling software, space utilization solutions, tablet-based time clocks, time clocks, touch panels for room scheduling and workplace business intelligence (BI) analytics. It offers approximately two product lines, including AsureSpace and AsureForce. Its AsureSpace provides workplace management solutions that enable organizations to manage their office environments and manage real estate utilization. Its AsureForce time and labor management solutions help organizations to manage labor and labor administration costs and activities.

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