Reviewing Mongodb (MDB) & Avalara (AVLR)

Mongodb (NASDAQ:MDB) and Avalara (NYSE:AVLR) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

50.4% of Mongodb shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.4% of Avalara shares are owned by institutional investors. 40.0% of Mongodb shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Mongodb and Avalara, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mongodb 1 4 9 0 2.57
Avalara 0 3 3 0 2.50

Mongodb currently has a consensus target price of $81.75, indicating a potential downside of 2.36%. Avalara has a consensus target price of $42.50, indicating a potential upside of 38.98%. Given Avalara’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Avalara is more favorable than Mongodb.

Profitability

This table compares Mongodb and Avalara’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mongodb -57.74% -52.67% -22.63%
Avalara N/A N/A N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Mongodb and Avalara’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mongodb $154.52 million 28.29 -$96.35 million ($1.74) -48.12
Avalara $213.15 million 9.54 -$64.12 million N/A N/A

Avalara has higher revenue and earnings than Mongodb.

Summary

Avalara beats Mongodb on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Mongodb Company Profile

MongoDB, Inc. operates as a general purpose database platform worldwide. The company offers MongoDB Enterprise Advanced, a subscription package for enterprise customers to run in the cloud, on-premise, or in a hybrid environment; MongoDB Atlas, a cloud-hosted database-as-a-service solution; and Community Server, a free-to-download version of its database, which includes the functionality that developers need to get started with MongoDB. It also provides professional services, such as consulting and training. The company was formerly known as 10gen, Inc. and changed its name to MongoDB, Inc. in August 2013. MongoDB, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Avalara Company Profile

Avalara, Inc. provides transaction tax compliance cloud-based solutions worldwide. It offers a suite of compliance solutions that enable businesses to address the complexity of transaction tax compliance; process transactions in real time; produce detailed records of transaction tax determinations; and reduce errors, audit exposure, and total transaction tax compliance costs. The company's solutions include AvaTax, a solution for determining sales tax in the United States; Avalara Returns for tax return preparation, filing, and remittance; and Avalara Compliance Document Management solution, which creates, validates, stores, and manages sales tax exemption and reseller certificates. It also provides professional services, including nexus studies and analysis, voluntary compliance initiatives, tax registrations, and specialized tax research; MatrixMaster, a product taxability database for retail operations; Avalara CloudConnect, a hardware device; VAT Expert, a web-based solution that checks the validity of customer and supplier VAT numbers and provides VAT determinations in the form of invoices; and Brazilian tax compliance solutions that address the Brazilian transaction tax regimes. The company was formerly known as Advantage Solutions, Inc. and changed its name to Avalara, Inc. in December 2005. Avalara, Inc. was incorporated in 1999 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

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