Aspen Technology (AZPN) and Callidus Software (CALD) Head to Head Review

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Aspen Technology (NASDAQ:AZPN) and Callidus Software (NASDAQ:CALD) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Aspen Technology and Callidus Software, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aspen Technology 2 2 3 0 2.14
Callidus Software 0 9 1 0 2.10

Aspen Technology presently has a consensus price target of $94.57, suggesting a potential downside of 6.95%. Callidus Software has a consensus price target of $33.44, suggesting a potential downside of 7.10%. Given Aspen Technology’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Aspen Technology is more favorable than Callidus Software.

Profitability

This table compares Aspen Technology and Callidus Software’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aspen Technology 29.77% -53.91% 65.48%
Callidus Software -8.01% -4.16% -2.42%

Risk & Volatility

Aspen Technology has a beta of 1.27, indicating that its share price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Callidus Software has a beta of 1.15, indicating that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

98.4% of Aspen Technology shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.5% of Callidus Software shares are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Aspen Technology shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of Callidus Software shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Aspen Technology and Callidus Software’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aspen Technology $499.51 million 14.45 $148.68 million $2.06 49.33
Callidus Software $253.09 million 9.45 -$20.27 million ($0.19) -189.47

Aspen Technology has higher revenue and earnings than Callidus Software. Callidus Software is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Aspen Technology, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Aspen Technology beats Callidus Software on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Aspen Technology Company Profile

Aspen Technology, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an asset optimization software company in the United States, Europe, and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Subscription and Software, and Services. It supplies asset optimization solutions that optimize asset design, operations, and maintenance lifecycle in various industrial environments. The company's software suites include aspenONE Engineering, aspenONE Manufacturing and Supply Chain, and aspenONE Asset Performance that are integrated applications, which allow end users to design process manufacturing environments, monitor operational performances, respond and adapt to operational changes, predict asset reliability and equipment failure, and manage planning and scheduling activities, as well as collaborate across these functions and activities. It also provides software maintenance and support, professional, and training services. The company's customers comprise companies that are engaged in the process and other capital-intensive industries, such as energy, chemicals, engineering, and construction, as well as pharmaceuticals, transportation, power, metals and mining, pulp and paper, and consumer packaged goods. Aspen Technology, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts.

Callidus Software Company Profile

Callidus Software Inc. provides cloud-based sales, marketing, learning, and customer experience solutions worldwide. The company enables its customers to sell Lead to Money suite of solutions that identify leads, train personnel, implement territory and quota plans, enable sales forces, automate configuration pricing and quoting, manage contracts, streamline sales compensation, capture customer feedback, and provide predictive analytics for competitive advantage. It offers Lead to Money suite and technology solutions, which include sales performance management solutions, such as Commissions, Territory and Quota, and SalesMotivate; Sales Execution solutions, including Configure Price Quote, Contract Lifecycle Management, Datahug, and Revsym; and Customer Engagement solutions comprising Marketing Automation, Voice of the Customer, and ServiceMotivate. The company also provides Sales Enablement and Learning solutions consisting of Enablement, Litmos Learning Management System, Litmos Heroes, and Coaching; Technology solutions, including Database Management System, Thunderbridge Advanced Analytics, Thunderbridge Augmented Intelligence, Workflow, and Connect Enterprise; and Vertical Solutions, such as Producer Pro, Telco Dealer Pro, Incentive Compensation Management, and DS Pro. In addition, it offers a range of services comprising professional, business process outsourcing, maintenance and technical support, and education services Callidus Software Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Dublin, California.

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