Comparing Blackbaud (BLKB) and Great Elm Capital Group (GEC)

Blackbaud (NASDAQ:BLKB) and Great Elm Capital Group (NASDAQ:GEC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Blackbaud and Great Elm Capital Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Blackbaud $788.31 million 4.34 $65.93 million $1.59 44.32
Great Elm Capital Group $5.93 million 15.02 -$11.06 million N/A N/A

Blackbaud has higher revenue and earnings than Great Elm Capital Group.

Volatility & Risk

Blackbaud has a beta of 1.11, meaning that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Great Elm Capital Group has a beta of -0.52, meaning that its stock price is 152% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Blackbaud pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Great Elm Capital Group does not pay a dividend. Blackbaud pays out 30.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Blackbaud and Great Elm Capital Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Blackbaud 7.84% 25.79% 5.76%
Great Elm Capital Group N/A -16.47% -10.29%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Blackbaud and Great Elm Capital Group, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Blackbaud 1 10 0 0 1.91
Great Elm Capital Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Blackbaud currently has a consensus price target of $93.33, indicating a potential upside of 32.44%. Given Blackbaud’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Blackbaud is more favorable than Great Elm Capital Group.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

46.6% of Great Elm Capital Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Blackbaud shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 17.0% of Great Elm Capital Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Blackbaud beats Great Elm Capital Group on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Blackbaud

Blackbaud, Inc. provides cloud software solutions to nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, healthcare organizations, and other charitable giving entities primarily in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The company offers Raiser's Edge NXT and Blackbaud CRM (constituent relationship management), which are fundraising and relationship management solutions; Luminate CRM for campaign management, constituent relations, business intelligence, and analytics; eTapestry, a cloud fundraising and donor management solution; everydayhero, a cloud crowdfundraising solution; and JustGiving, a social platform for giving. It also provides solutions for Luminate Online that builds online fundraising campaigns; Blackbaud Online Express, a cloud fundraising and marketing tool; and Blackbaud NetCommunity, an online marketing and communications tool. In addition, the company offers Financial Edge NXT, a cloud accounting solution; GIFTS Online, a cloud solution; FIMS, a foundation management system; and Blackbaud Outcomes that empowers funders and nonprofits. Further, it provides onMessage, a content management system; onRecord, a new student information system; onCampus, a learning management system; onboard, an enrollment management system; Smart Tuition, a solution that helps administrative staff; Smart Aid, a proprietary hobbies, interest, and lifestyles profile; AcademicWorks, a scholarship management platform; and Altru, a cloud solution that helps arts and cultural organizations. Additionally, the company offers AngelPoints, an integrated corporate social responsibility solution; Blackbaud's Intelligence for Good, which combine artificial intelligence, analytics, big data, and expertise in cloud-based services and other channels; donor acquisition tools; prospect research engagements; and data enrichment and performance management solutions. Blackbaud, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina.

About Great Elm Capital Group

Great Elm Capital Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in investment management and real estate property rental businesses. It provides investment advisory services. The company was formerly known as Unwired Planet, Inc. and changed its name to Great Elm Capital Group, Inc. in June 2016. Great Elm Capital Group, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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