Financial Comparison: Aware (AWRE) and Upland Software (UPLD)

Aware (NASDAQ:AWRE) and Upland Software (NASDAQ:UPLD) 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, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

23.8% of Aware shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.0% of Upland Software shares are owned by institutional investors. 19.2% of Aware shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 14.7% of Upland Software shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Aware has a beta of -0.28, suggesting that its share price is 128% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Upland Software has a beta of 0.51, suggesting that its share price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Aware and Upland Software’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aware 0.09% 0.69% 0.64%
Upland Software -12.92% 19.31% 5.98%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Aware and Upland Software, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aware 0 0 0 0 N/A
Upland Software 0 0 6 0 3.00

Upland Software has a consensus target price of $34.25, indicating a potential upside of 5.22%. Given Upland Software’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Upland Software is more favorable than Aware.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Aware and Upland Software’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aware $16.28 million 5.16 $1.28 million N/A N/A
Upland Software $97.95 million 7.16 -$18.72 million $0.83 39.22

Aware has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Upland Software.

Summary

Upland Software beats Aware on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Aware Company Profile

Aware, Inc. provides software and services for the biometrics industry in the United States, Brazil, and internationally. It offers biometrics software products, including biometric services platform, biometric search and match products, software development kits, mobile biometrics, biometric identity duplicate detection, and application products for fingerprint, facial, and iris modalities that enable various functions in biometrics systems, such as enrollment, analysis, and processing of biometrics images and data on workstations or mobile devices; integration of peripheral biometric capture devices; centralized workflow, transaction processing, and subsystem integration; matching of biometric samples against biometric databases to authenticate or verify identities; and analysis and processing of text-based identity data. The company also provides imaging products for medical applications, such as JPEG2000 product to compress, store, and display images, as well as software maintenance services. In addition, it offers software engineering services comprising project planning and management; system design; software design, development, customization, configuration, and testing; and software integration and installation. The company's software products are used in government and commercial biometrics systems to identify or authenticate people. It sells its biometrics software products and services through systems integrators, OEMs, and directly to end user customers. Aware, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts.

Upland Software Company Profile

Upland Software, Inc. provides cloud-based enterprise work management software in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company offers a family of software applications under the Upland brand in the areas of information technology (IT), process excellence and operations, finance, professional services, and marketing. Its software applications address enterprise work challenges in various categories comprising project and portfolio management, professional services automation, IT financial management, knowledge engagement, enterprise secure document capture and fax, workflow automation and enterprise content management, supply chain visibility and collaboration, Website management and Web visitor insights, and mobile engagement. The company sells its products through a direct sales organization, as well as through an indirect sales organization that sells to distributors and value-added resellers. It serves customers across a range of industries, including financial services, retail, technology, manufacturing, legal, education, consumer goods, media, telecommunications, government, food and beverage, healthcare, and life sciences, as well as non-profit organizations. The company was formerly known as Silverback Enterprise Group, Inc. and changed its name to Upland Software, Inc. in November 2013. Upland Software, Inc. was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas. Upland Software, Inc. is a subsidiary of Silverback Enterprise Group Inc.

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