Contrasting Varonis Systems (NASDAQ:VRNS) & Avalara (AVLR)

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Varonis Systems (NASDAQ:VRNS) and Avalara (NYSE:AVLR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Varonis Systems -11.53% -26.27% -11.76%
Avalara N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Varonis Systems and Avalara, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Varonis Systems 0 4 12 0 2.75
Avalara 0 3 3 0 2.50

Varonis Systems currently has a consensus target price of $73.88, indicating a potential upside of 22.59%. Avalara has a consensus target price of $42.50, indicating a potential upside of 37.10%. Given Avalara’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Avalara is more favorable than Varonis Systems.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

81.8% of Varonis Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.4% of Avalara shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.2% of Varonis Systems shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Varonis Systems and Avalara’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Varonis Systems $217.36 million 8.17 -$13.69 million ($0.50) -120.52
Avalara $213.15 million 9.67 -$64.12 million N/A N/A

Varonis Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Avalara.

Summary

Varonis Systems beats Avalara on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Varonis Systems

Varonis Systems, Inc. provides software solutions that protect data from insider threats and cyberattacks. The company, through its software, allows organizations to protect data stored on premises and on cloud, such as sensitive files and emails; confidential customer, patient and employee data; financial records; strategic and product plans; and other intellectual property. It offers DatAdvantage that captures, aggregates, normalizes, and analyzes every data access event for every user on Windows and UNIX/Linux servers, storage devices, email systems, and Intranet servers; DataPrivilege, which provides a self-service Web portal that allows users to request access to data necessary for their business functions, and owners to grant access without IT intervention; and Data Classification Engine that identifies and tags data based on criteria set in multiple metadata dimensions and provides business and IT personnel with actionable intelligence about data. Varonis Systems, Inc. also provides Data Transport Engine, which provides an execution engine that unifies the manipulation of data and metadata, translating business decisions, and instructions into technical commands, such as data migration or archiving; DatAnswers that provides secure, relevant, and timely search functionality for enterprise data; and DatAnywhere provides its customers' employees hybrid-cloud experience using its existing storage infrastructure. The company sells its products and services through a global network of distributors and Value Added Resellers. It serves IT and business personnel. Varonis Systems, Inc. was incorporated in 2004 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

About Avalara

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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