Contrasting Unisys (UIS) & Altair Engineering (NASDAQ:ALTR)

Unisys (NYSE: UIS) and Altair Engineering (NASDAQ:ALTR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Unisys and Altair Engineering, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Unisys 0 1 1 0 2.50
Altair Engineering 0 3 2 0 2.40

Unisys presently has a consensus target price of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 52.87%. Altair Engineering has a consensus target price of $26.00, indicating a potential upside of 21.27%. Given Unisys’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Unisys is more favorable than Altair Engineering.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Unisys and Altair Engineering’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Unisys $2.82 billion 0.14 -$47.70 million ($2.31) -3.40
Altair Engineering $313.24 million 4.31 $10.16 million N/A N/A

Altair Engineering has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Unisys.

Profitability

This table compares Unisys and Altair Engineering’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Unisys -4.30% -5.32% 4.06%
Altair Engineering N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Altair Engineering beats Unisys on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Unisys

Unisys Corporation (Unisys) is an information technology (IT) company. The Company operates through two segments: Services and Technology. The Company offers services, which include cloud and infrastructure services, application services and business process outsourcing services. In technology segment, the Company designs and develops software, servers and related products. The Company provides a range of data center, infrastructure management and cloud computing offerings to help clients virtualize and automate their data-center environments. Its technology offerings include ClearPath Forward software operating system, the Unisys Stealth family of security software and industry-focused software such as Digital Investigator, middleware and servers. Unisys Stealth consists of six solutions: Stealth(core), Stealth(analytics), Stealth(aware), Stealth(cloud), Stealth(identity) and Stealth(mobile). Digital Investigator is a browser-based application for total information management.

About Altair Engineering

Altair Engineering Inc. is a United States-based software company. The Company is focused on developing engineering software and computing technologies. The Company’s products include HyperWorks, solidThinking, PBS Works, and Carriots. The Company offers a range of solutions such as product engineering, industrial design, and tailored solutions. The Company provides open CAE software solutions for modeling, visualization, optimization and process automation. Altair’s grid computing software, PBS Pro, is a workload management solution for computing environments, LINUX clusters and desktop cycle harvesting.

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