SS&C Technologies (NASDAQ:SSNC) versus Rosetta Stone (NASDAQ:RST) Head to Head Comparison

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SS&C Technologies (NASDAQ:SSNC) and Rosetta Stone (NYSE:RST) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares SS&C Technologies and Rosetta Stone’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SS&C Technologies 7.83% 19.25% 5.67%
Rosetta Stone -5.92% N/A -5.70%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SS&C Technologies and Rosetta Stone’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SS&C Technologies $3.42 billion 4.69 $103.20 million $2.62 24.23
Rosetta Stone $173.63 million 2.53 -$21.47 million ($0.95) -19.24

SS&C Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Rosetta Stone. Rosetta Stone is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SS&C Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

SS&C Technologies has a beta of 1.31, suggesting that its stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Rosetta Stone has a beta of 0.24, suggesting that its stock price is 76% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for SS&C Technologies and Rosetta Stone, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SS&C Technologies 0 2 10 0 2.83
Rosetta Stone 0 0 3 0 3.00

SS&C Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $68.50, suggesting a potential upside of 7.93%. Rosetta Stone has a consensus price target of $22.33, suggesting a potential upside of 22.17%. Given Rosetta Stone’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Rosetta Stone is more favorable than SS&C Technologies.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

83.2% of SS&C Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.1% of Rosetta Stone shares are held by institutional investors. 14.5% of SS&C Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.5% of Rosetta Stone shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

SS&C Technologies beats Rosetta Stone on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SS&C Technologies

SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. provides software products and software-enabled services to financial services and healthcare industries in the United States, Canada, rest of the Americas, Europe, the Asia Pacific, and Japan. The company's products and services allow its clients to automate and integrate front-office functions, such as trading and modeling; middle-office functions, including portfolio management and reporting; and back-office functions comprising accounting, transfer agency, compliance, regulatory services, performance measurement, reconciliation, reporting, processing, and clearing. It provides solutions to clients in institutional asset and wealth management, alternative investment management, brokerage, retirement, financial advisory, and financial institutions vertical markets, commercial lenders, real estate investment trusts, corporate treasury groups, insurance companies, pension funds, municipal finance groups, and real estate property managers. The company also offers health care solutions, such as claims adjudication, benefit management, care management, and business intelligence services to health care industry that include pharmacy, healthcare administration, and health optimization solutions, as well as provides professional and products support services. SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Windsor, Connecticut.

About Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides technology-based learning products in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Literacy, E&E Language, and Consumer Language. The company develops, markets, and supports a suite of language-learning, literacy, and brain fitness solutions consisting of Web-based software subscriptions, perpetual software products, online and professional services, audio practice products, and mobile applications. It also provides administrative tools for performance monitoring, and to measure and track learner progress; and custom solutions, including curriculum development, global collaboration programs, group and live tutoring, and language courses for mission-critical government programs. The company offers its courses in approximately 30 languages under the Rosetta Stone, The Blue Stone Logo, Lexia, Lexia PowerUP Literacy, TruAccent, and Catalyst brand names. It sells its products and services through call centers, Websites, app-stores, third party e-commerce Websites, select retail resellers, consignment distributors, daily deal partners, and third-party resellers, as well as directly to individuals, educational institutions, corporations, and government agencies. Rosetta Stone Inc. was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.

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