Head to Head Analysis: Helios and Matheson Analytics (HMNY) versus Guidance Software (GUID)

Helios and Matheson Analytics (NASDAQ: HMNY) and Guidance Software (NASDAQ:GUID) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Helios and Matheson Analytics and Guidance Software’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Helios and Matheson Analytics $6.76 million 17.03 -$7.38 million ($9.43) -0.86
Guidance Software N/A N/A N/A ($0.24) -29.46

Guidance Software has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Helios and Matheson Analytics. Guidance Software is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Helios and Matheson Analytics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Helios and Matheson Analytics and Guidance Software, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Helios and Matheson Analytics 0 0 1 0 3.00
Guidance Software 0 3 3 0 2.50

Helios and Matheson Analytics presently has a consensus target price of $25.00, indicating a potential upside of 209.41%. Guidance Software has a consensus target price of $8.02, indicating a potential upside of 13.44%. Given Helios and Matheson Analytics’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Helios and Matheson Analytics is more favorable than Guidance Software.

Profitability

This table compares Helios and Matheson Analytics and Guidance Software’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Helios and Matheson Analytics -1,272.83% -2,850.78% -411.49%
Guidance Software -4.73% -559.09% -6.73%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

1.5% of Helios and Matheson Analytics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.8% of Guidance Software shares are held by institutional investors. 29.0% of Helios and Matheson Analytics shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 38.1% of Guidance Software shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Guidance Software beats Helios and Matheson Analytics on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Helios and Matheson Analytics

Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. is an information technology services company. The Company offers its clients a suite of services of predictive analytics with technology. The Company provides offerings in the areas of application value management, application development, integration, independent validation, infrastructure and information management, and analytics services. The Company offers an integrated service of Big Data technology, analytics, domain knowledge in the areas of financial services and healthcare, including data visualization. The Company’s clients operate in a range of industries with a concentration in the banking, financial services, insurance and healthcare industries.

About Guidance Software

Guidance Software, Inc. is a technology company. The Company is a provider of endpoint investigation solutions for cybersecurity analytics, security incident response, e-discovery, data privacy and forensic analysis. The Company has five segments, which include Products, Subscription, Professional services, Training and Maintenance. The Company’s Products segment includes EnCase, EnCase Endpoint Security, EnCase eDiscovery, EnCase Forensic, EnCase Portable, Premium License Support Program and hardware sales. Its Subscription segment includes subscription services for cloud-based document review and production software. Its Professional services segment performs consulting services and implementations. Its Training segment provides training classes, by which the Company trains its customers to use its software products. Its maintenance segment provides software updates, telephone and e-mail support.

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