Analyzing Talend (NASDAQ:TLND) & Workiva (WK)

Talend (NASDAQ: TLND) and Workiva (NYSE:WK) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Talend and Workiva’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Talend $126.53 million 8.60 -$24.55 million ($0.99) -39.30
Workiva $192.38 million 4.29 -$32.38 million ($0.89) -22.19

Talend has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Workiva. Talend is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Workiva, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Talend and Workiva’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Talend -20.62% -159.94% -17.00%
Workiva -18.94% -13,251.94% -25.70%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

42.5% of Talend shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.3% of Workiva shares are held by institutional investors. 33.4% of Workiva shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Talend and Workiva, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Talend 0 0 6 0 3.00
Workiva 0 3 3 0 2.50

Talend currently has a consensus price target of $39.40, indicating a potential upside of 1.26%. Workiva has a consensus price target of $20.00, indicating a potential upside of 1.27%. Given Workiva’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Workiva is more favorable than Talend.

Risk & Volatility

Talend has a beta of 3.76, meaning that its share price is 276% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Workiva has a beta of 0.66, meaning that its share price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Talend beats Workiva on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Talend

Talend SA is a provider of open source integration solutions for data-oriented companies and integration platform under Apache Spark. The Company’s platform enables users to connect data and applications on-premise or in the cloud, in real time or in batch, Big Data or reference data. Its commercial products are Data Fabric, Big Data Integration, Real-Time Big Data, Data Preparation, Data Integration, Cloud Integration, Data Quality, Application Integration, Master Data Management and metadata Manager. Its free products are Data Preparation and Talend Open Studio, including Open Studio for Big Data, Open Studio for Data Integration, Open Studio for Data Quality, Open Studio for ESB and Open Studio for MDM. Its product, Talend Data Fabric, is a data platform. Talend Data Fabric combines big data, data integration, cloud, reference data management, data preparation and application integration in a single platform with a common development environment and management.

About Workiva

Workiva Inc. provides enterprises with cloud solutions for improving productivity, accountability and insight into business data. The Company created Wdesk, a collaborative work management platform for organizations to collect, link, report and analyze their business data. Wdesk’s word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications are integrated and built upon a data management engine, offering synchronized data, controlled collaboration, granular permissions and a full audit trail. As of December 31, 2016, it provided its platform to over 2,700 organizations. Wdesk enables coworkers to create, review and publish data-linked documents and reports with control, accuracy and productivity. With Wdesk data linking, changes are automatically updated in all linked instances, including numbers, text, charts and graphics throughout a customer’s spreadsheets, word-processing documents and presentation decks in the Wdesk platform.

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