Comparing Asure Software (NASDAQ:ASUR) & Progress Software Corporation (PRGS)

Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) and Asure Software (NASDAQ:ASUR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and valuation.

Risk & Volatility

Progress Software Corporation has a beta of 0.68, meaning that its stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Asure Software has a beta of 1.13, meaning that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Progress Software Corporation and Asure Software, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Progress Software Corporation 0 3 1 0 2.25
Asure Software 0 1 7 0 2.88

Progress Software Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $36.00, indicating a potential downside of 12.37%. Asure Software has a consensus price target of $15.86, indicating a potential upside of 31.27%. Given Asure Software’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Asure Software is more favorable than Progress Software Corporation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Progress Software Corporation and Asure Software’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Progress Software Corporation $399.22 million 4.92 $133.41 million ($1.09) -37.69
Asure Software $42.76 million 3.51 $5.56 million ($0.23) -52.52

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

Dividends

Progress Software Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Asure Software does not pay a dividend. Progress Software Corporation pays out -45.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

92.2% of Progress Software Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.7% of Asure Software shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Progress Software Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 22.7% of Asure Software shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Progress Software Corporation and Asure Software’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Progress Software Corporation -13.23% 20.30% 10.82%
Asure Software -5.73% 6.93% 1.69%

Summary

Progress Software Corporation beats Asure Software on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Progress Software Corporation Company Profile

Progress Software Corporation is engaged in application development. The Company operates through three segments: OpenEdge, Data Connectivity and Integration (DCI), and Application Development and Deployment (AppDev). The OpenEdge business segment provides the product enhancements and marketing support to its partner base. It is also focused on providing partners and direct end users with a path to develop and integrate cloud-based applications. Its solutions include Progress OpenEdge and Progress Corticon. The DCI segment is focused on its data assets, including the data integration components of its cloud offerings. Its solutions include Progress DataDirect Connect and Progress DataDirect Cloud. The AppDev business segment is focused on generating customers for its application development assets. Its solutions include Dev Tools, NativeScript, Dev Cloud, Telerik Platform, Test Studio, Sitefinity and Progress Rollbase. Its offerings span Web, mobile and data.

Asure Software Company Profile

Asure Software, Inc. is a global provider of cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions that help companies to bring people, time, space and assets together. The Company serves approximately 6,000 clients in over 80 countries. The Company offers a range of solutions to help its clients optimize and manage mobile workforces and global workspaces. Its SaaS-based offerings include asset management, mobile room scheduling, mobile time tracking, scheduling software, space utilization solutions, tablet-based time clocks, time clocks, touch panels for room scheduling and workplace business intelligence (BI) analytics. It offers approximately two product lines, including AsureSpace and AsureForce. Its AsureSpace provides workplace management solutions that enable organizations to manage their office environments and manage real estate utilization. Its AsureForce time and labor management solutions help organizations to manage labor and labor administration costs and activities.

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