Appian (APPN) vs. Upland Software (UPLD) Head-To-Head Survey

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Appian N/A N/A N/A
Upland Software -18.89% -13.22% -5.17%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

11.8% of Appian shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 32.1% of Upland Software shares are held by institutional investors. 30.2% of Upland Software shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Appian N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Upland Software $74.77 million 6.15 -$13.51 million ($0.96) -23.06

Appian has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Upland Software.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Appian and Upland Software, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Appian 3 5 0 0 1.63
Upland Software 0 1 5 0 2.83

Appian currently has a consensus target price of $23.33, indicating a potential downside of 15.24%. Upland Software has a consensus target price of $27.25, indicating a potential upside of 23.08%. Given Upland Software’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Upland Software is more favorable than Appian.

Summary

Upland Software beats Appian on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Appian

Appian Corporation provides a low-code software development platform as a service that enables organizations to develop applications. Through Company’s platform, organizations can design, build and implement, enterprise-grade custom applications. Decision makers can reimagine their products, services, processes and customer interactions. The Company’s platform automates the creation of forms, data flows, records, reports and other software elements. The Company’s SAIL technology allows developers to create an application once and deploy it everywhere. The Company’s products include business process management (BPM) software, case management, mobile application development and platform as a service. The Company provides its services to a range of industries including energy, insurance, health payers and providers, manufacturing, public sector, retail and transportation.

About Upland Software

Upland Software Inc. is a provider of cloud-based enterprise work management software. The Company provides a family of cloud-based enterprise work management software applications for the information technology, process excellence, finance, professional services and marketing functions within organizations. Its software applications serve a range of enterprise work management needs, from strategic planning to task execution. It services customers ranging from corporations and Government agencies to small- and medium-sized businesses. Its customers operate in a range of industries, including financial services, retail, technology, manufacturing, education, consumer goods, media, and telecommunications, Government, food and beverage, healthcare and life sciences, chemicals and travel and hospitality. The Company provides a family of cloud-based enterprise work management software applications under the Upland brand.

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