Reviewing LivePerson (NASDAQ:LPSN) and Alteryx (NASDAQ:AYX)

LivePerson (NASDAQ:LPSN) and Alteryx (NYSE:AYX) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for LivePerson and Alteryx, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LivePerson 0 0 14 0 3.00
Alteryx 0 4 9 0 2.69

LivePerson presently has a consensus price target of $32.29, indicating a potential downside of 1.78%. Alteryx has a consensus price target of $103.12, indicating a potential downside of 15.14%. Given LivePerson’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe LivePerson is more favorable than Alteryx.

Risk & Volatility

LivePerson has a beta of 1.08, indicating that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alteryx has a beta of 1.24, indicating that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LivePerson $249.84 million 8.53 -$25.03 million ($0.23) -142.91
Alteryx $204.30 million 37.20 $28.02 million ($0.20) -607.60

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LivePerson -15.78% -13.56% -7.08%
Alteryx -2.84% -4.90% -2.15%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

83.8% of LivePerson shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.3% of Alteryx shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.7% of LivePerson shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 19.8% of Alteryx shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Alteryx beats LivePerson on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

LivePerson Company Profile

LivePerson, Inc. provides conversational commerce solutions. The company operates in two segments, Business and Consumer. The Business segment enables brands to leverage LiveEngage's intelligence engine to connect with consumers through an integrated suite of mobile and online business messaging technologies. The Consumer segment facilitates online transactions between independent service providers and individual consumers seeking information and knowledge through 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; and Maven, a robust artificial intelligence engine for conversational commerce. 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 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 the Asia-Pacific regions. The company has strategic partnership with DMI to support clients in navigating the burgeoning conversational commerce category. LivePerson, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Alteryx Company Profile

Alteryx, Inc. operates a self-service data analytics software platform that enables organizations to enhance business outcomes and the productivity of their business analysts, data scientists, and citizen data scientists worldwide. Its software platform includes Alteryx Designer, a data profiling, preparation, blending, and analytics product used to create visual workflows or analytic processes; Alteryx Server, a server-based product for scheduling, sharing, and running analytic processes and applications in a Web-based environment; Alteryx Connect, a collaborative data exploration platform for discovering information assets and sharing recommendations across the enterprise; and Alteryx Promote, an analytics model management product for data scientists and analytics teams to build, manage, monitor, and deploy predictive models into real-time production applications. The company also offers Alteryx Analytics Gallery, a cloud-based collaboration offering that allows users to share workflows in a centralized repository; and Alteryx Community, which allow users to gain valuable insights in its platform. In addition, it provides technical support, instruction, and customer services. The company was formerly known as Alteryx, LLC and changed its name to Alteryx, Inc. in March 2011. Alteryx, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Irvine, California.

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