Ellie Mae (ELLI) vs. Upland Software (UPLD) Critical Comparison

Upland Software (NASDAQ:UPLD) and Ellie Mae (NYSE:ELLI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Upland Software and Ellie Mae’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Upland Software $149.88 million 5.74 -$10.84 million $1.18 33.92
Ellie Mae $480.27 million 7.17 $22.58 million $1.03 96.11

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.8% of Upland Software shares are owned by institutional investors. 14.7% of Upland Software shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.1% of Ellie Mae shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Upland Software has a beta of 0.66, suggesting that its stock price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ellie Mae has a beta of 1.4, suggesting that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Upland Software and Ellie Mae’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Upland Software -6.64% 25.28% 6.18%
Ellie Mae 5.02% 4.17% 3.70%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Upland Software and Ellie Mae, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Upland Software 0 0 5 0 3.00
Ellie Mae 4 8 3 0 1.93

Upland Software currently has a consensus target price of $45.80, suggesting a potential upside of 14.41%. Ellie Mae has a consensus target price of $86.00, suggesting a potential downside of 13.12%. Given Upland Software’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Upland Software is more favorable than Ellie Mae.

Summary

Upland Software beats Ellie Mae on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Upland Software

Upland Software, Inc. provides cloud-based enterprise work management software in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company offers a family of software applications under the Upland brand in the areas of information technology (IT), process excellence and operations, finance, professional services, and marketing. Its software applications address enterprise work challenges in various categories comprising project and portfolio management, professional services automation, IT financial management, knowledge engagement, enterprise secure document capture and fax, workflow automation and enterprise content management, supply chain visibility and collaboration, Website management and Web visitor insights, and mobile engagement. The company sells its products through a direct sales organization, as well as through an indirect sales organization that sells to distributors and value-added resellers. It serves customers across a range of industries, including financial services, retail, technology, manufacturing, legal, education, consumer goods, media, telecommunications, government, food and beverage, healthcare, and life sciences, as well as non-profit organizations. The company was formerly known as Silverback Enterprise Group, Inc. and changed its name to Upland Software, Inc. in November 2013. Upland Software, Inc. was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas. Upland Software, Inc. is a subsidiary of Silverback Enterprise Group Inc.

About Ellie Mae

Ellie Mae, Inc. provides cloud-based platform for the mortgage finance industry in the United States. It provides Encompass, an enterprise solution that engages in running the business of originating mortgages, including marketing and lead management; loan origination and processing; underwriting; preparation of mortgage applications, disclosure agreements, and closing documents; loan funding and closing; compliance with regulatory and investor requirements; and enterprise management. The company's Encompass Digital Lending Platform helps lenders and investors across their workflow from the prospective customers to the point of loan delivery. In addition, the company provides education and training services; professional and technical support services; and loan product, policy, and guideline data and analytics services. Ellie Mae, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Pleasanton, California.

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