Critical Analysis: Alteryx (AYX) & The Ultimate Software Group (ULTI)

Alteryx (NYSE: AYX) and The Ultimate Software Group (NASDAQ:ULTI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Alteryx and The Ultimate Software Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alteryx $85.79 million 17.31 -$24.25 million N/A N/A
The Ultimate Software Group $781.29 million 7.59 $30.25 million $0.97 204.54

The Ultimate Software Group has higher revenue and earnings than Alteryx.

Profitability

This table compares Alteryx and The Ultimate Software Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alteryx N/A N/A N/A
The Ultimate Software Group 3.31% 6.84% 2.45%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

16.5% of Alteryx shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.9% of The Ultimate Software Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Alteryx and The Ultimate Software Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alteryx 0 1 8 0 2.89
The Ultimate Software Group 1 4 16 0 2.71

Alteryx currently has a consensus price target of $21.67, suggesting a potential downside of 14.36%. The Ultimate Software Group has a consensus price target of $231.58, suggesting a potential upside of 16.72%. Given The Ultimate Software Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe The Ultimate Software Group is more favorable than Alteryx.

Summary

The Ultimate Software Group beats Alteryx on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Alteryx Company Profile

Alteryx, Inc. is a United States-based provider of self-service data analytics software. The Company offers various products, such as Alteryx Designer, Alteryx Server and Alteryx Analytics Gallery. Alteryx Designer is a repeatable workflow for self-service data analytics. Alteryx Designer allows data analysts by combining data preparation, data blending, and analytics-predictive, statistical and spatial-using the same user interface. Alteryx Server is a scalable platform to deploy and share analytics. Alteryx Server accelerates time to analytical insight, and allows analysts and business users across organization to make data-driven decisions. Alteryx Analytics Gallery is an analytics cloud platform to recognize that business decision makers expect their business applications to be as engaging as the applications they use at home. Its solutions include analytic, departmental and industry. Its analytic solutions connect business analysts and decision makers to data.

The Ultimate Software Group Company Profile

The Ultimate Software Group, Inc. (Ultimate) is a cloud provider of people management solutions, referred to as human capital management (HCM). The Company’s UltiPro product suite (UltiPro) is an engaging solution that has human resources (HR), payroll and benefits management. As of December 31, 2016, UltiPro included global people management, available in 14 languages with more than 35 country-specific localizations. The solution is delivered through software-as-a-service (SaaS) to organizations based in the United States and Canada, including those with global workforces. The UltiPro solution includes feature sets for talent acquisition and onboarding, HR management and compliance, benefits management and online enrollment, payroll, performance management, compensation management with salary planning, budgeting, and development of incentive plans, succession management, reporting and analytical decision-making and predictive tools, and time and attendance.

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