Critical Survey: Qualys (QLYS) and Cango (CANG)

Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) and Cango (NYSE:CANG) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

82.4% of Qualys shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.2% of Cango shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.6% of Qualys shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Qualys and Cango, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Qualys 1 5 8 0 2.50
Cango 0 1 1 0 2.50

Qualys currently has a consensus price target of $90.79, indicating a potential upside of 8.08%. Cango has a consensus price target of $11.90, indicating a potential upside of 31.09%. Given Cango’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cango is more favorable than Qualys.

Profitability

This table compares Qualys and Cango’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Qualys 20.55% 14.35% 9.10%
Cango N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Qualys $278.89 million 11.86 $57.30 million $1.19 70.59
Cango $167.74 million 8.18 $54.36 million N/A N/A

Qualys has higher revenue and earnings than Cango.

Summary

Qualys beats Cango on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Qualys

Qualys, Inc. provides cloud-based security and compliance solutions in the United States and internationally. The company offers Qualys Cloud Apps, which includes Asset Inventory, CMDB Sync, Vulnerability Management, Continuous Monitoring, Cloud Agent, Threat Protection, Security Configuration Assessment, Indication of Compromise, Policy Compliance, PCI Compliance, Security Assessment Questionnaire, File Integrity Monitoring, Web Application Scanning, and Web Application Firewall. Its integrated suite of security and compliance solutions delivered on its Qualys Cloud Platform enables customers to identify IT assets, collect and analyze IT security data, discover and prioritize vulnerabilities, recommend remediation actions, and verify the implementation of such actions. The company also provides core services, including asset tagging and management, reporting and dashboards, questionnaires and collaboration, remediation and workflow, big data correlation and analytics engine, and alerts and notifications, which enable integrated workflows, management and real-time analysis, and reporting across IT security and compliance solutions. The company markets and sells its IT security and compliance solutions to customers directly through its sales teams, as well as indirectly through its network of channel partners, such as security consulting organizations, managed service providers and resellers, and consulting firms. It serves enterprises, government entities, and small and medium-sized businesses in various industries, including education, financial services, government, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, media, retail, technology, and utilities. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Foster City, California.

About Cango

Cango Inc. operates an automotive transaction service platform that connects dealers, financial institutions, car buyers, and other industry participants in the People's Republic of China. It facilitates automotive financing services that include facilitating financing transactions from financial institutions to car buyers; automotive transactions between automotive wholesalers, dealers, and car buyers; and after-market services to car buyers. The company was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People's Republic of China.

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