Brightcove (BCOV) vs. SolarWinds (SWI) Financial Survey

Brightcove (NASDAQ: BCOV) and SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings and analyst recommendations.


This table compares Brightcove and SolarWinds’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brightcove -12.22% -19.65% -11.19%
SolarWinds 20.52% 19.24% 12.70%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

62.2% of Brightcove shares are held by institutional investors. 4.4% of Brightcove shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Brightcove and SolarWinds, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brightcove 0 2 1 0 2.33
SolarWinds 0 0 0 0 N/A

Brightcove presently has a consensus target price of $7.67, indicating a potential upside of 5.75%. Given Brightcove’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Brightcove is more favorable than SolarWinds.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Brightcove and SolarWinds’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brightcove $153.34 million 1.62 -$10.62 million ($0.55) -13.18
SolarWinds N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

SolarWinds has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Brightcove.


Brightcove beats SolarWinds on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Brightcove Company Profile

Brightcove Inc. is a global provider of cloud-based services for video. The Company’s products and services include Brightcove Video Cloud (Video Cloud), Brightcove Zencoder (Zencoder), Brightcove Once (Once), Brightcove Perform (Perform), Brightcove Video Marketing Suite (Video Marketing Suite), Brightcove Lift (Lift), Brightcove OTT Flow (OTT Flow) and Brightcove Enterprise Video Suite (Enterprise Video Suite), among others. Video Cloud is an online video platform. Video Cloud enables its customers to publish and distribute video to Internet-connected devices. Zencoder is a cloud-based video encoding service. Once is a cloud-based advertisement insertion and video stitching service. Perform is a cloud-based service for creating and managing video player experiences. Video Marketing Suite is a suite of video technologies designed to address the needs of marketers to drive awareness, engagement and conversion.

SolarWinds Company Profile

SolarWinds, Inc. (SolarWinds) is a holding company. The Company designs, develops, markets, sells and supports enterprise-class information technology (IT), infrastructure management software to IT and DevOps professionals in organizations of all sizes. Its products categories include network management, which is used to monitor and manage the performance of network infrastructure; systems management, which is used to monitor and manage the performance of applications, physical and virtual servers, storage and databases; MSP, which is used by managed service providers to monitor and manage the IT infrastructure of their end clients, SMBs, and cloud, its cloud-based products, which are used to monitor and manage applications and application infrastructure. Its customers include small- and mid-size businesses, enterprises, MSPs, and local, state and federal Government entities.

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