LivePerson (LPSN) and Attunity (ATTU) Critical Contrast

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LivePerson (NASDAQ: ATTU) and Attunity (NASDAQ:ATTU) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares LivePerson and Attunity’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LivePerson -7.06% -3.34% -2.03%
Attunity -2.18% -0.10% -0.06%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

78.8% of LivePerson shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.4% of Attunity shares are held by institutional investors. 11.5% of LivePerson shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 50.2% of Attunity shares are held 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares LivePerson and Attunity’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LivePerson $218.88 million 7.54 -$18.19 million ($0.06) -440.83
Attunity $62.10 million 6.22 -$6.71 million ($0.31) -60.10

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

Risk & Volatility

LivePerson has a beta of 1.1, meaning that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Attunity has a beta of 1.87, meaning that its share price is 87% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for LivePerson and Attunity, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LivePerson 0 1 6 0 2.86
Attunity 0 0 4 0 3.00

LivePerson presently has a consensus price target of $25.50, suggesting a potential downside of 3.59%. Attunity has a consensus price target of $21.33, suggesting a potential upside of 14.51%. Given Attunity’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Attunity is more favorable than LivePerson.

Summary

Attunity beats LivePerson on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

LivePerson Company Profile

LivePerson, Inc. provides mobile and online business messaging solutions that power digital communication between brands and consumers. It operates in two segments, Business and Consumer. The Business segment facilitates real-time online interactions, such as chat, voice, and content delivery across multiple channels and screens for corporations of various sizes. The Consumer segment facilitates online transactions between independent service providers and individual consumers seeking information and knowledge via mobile and online messaging. The company offers LiveEngage, an enterprise-class and cloud-based platform, which enables businesses and consumers to connect through conversational interfaces. It also provides professional services and value-added business consulting services. The company sells its products through direct and indirect sales channels to Fortune 500 companies, Internet businesses, online merchants, small to medium-sized businesses, automotive dealers, universities, libraries, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. It operates in the United States, Canada, Latin America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific regions. LivePerson, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Attunity Company Profile

Attunity Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, develops, markets, sells, and supports data integration and Big Data management software solutions worldwide. It offers Attunity Replicate, a data replication software for delivering, sharing, and ensuring the availability of data for meeting business operations, analytics, and business intelligence needs; Attunity Gold Client, a replication software for data management within SAP environments; and Attunity Visibility, a software for data usage analytics in Big Data environments. The company also provides Attunity RepliWeb for EFR, a file system and storage replication solution for wide area network infrastructures, as well as an ARA and Web deployment solution for Windows applications, UNIX and Linux applications, and Web infrastructures; and Attunity CloudBeam, a data transfer software as a service-based platform to move data to, from, and between on-premises and cloud environments. In addition, it offers Attunity Compose, a data warehouse automation software to design, generate, and populate enterprise data warehouses and data marts; and change data capture and data connectivity software solutions, as well as support, training, and professional services. The company sells its products directly through sales force; and indirectly through original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and value-added resellers to financial services, healthcare, insurance, energy, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail, pharmaceuticals, and supply chain industries, as well as to governmental and public institutions. Attunity Ltd. has strategic relationships with Amazon Web Service; Google Inc.; Hortonworks, Inc.; HP Inc.; IBM; Microsoft; Oracle; SAP; and Teradata Corporation. The company was formerly known as ISG International Software Group Ltd. and changed its name to Attunity Ltd. in October 2000. Attunity Ltd. was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Kfar Saba, Israel.

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