Comparing Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) and SharpSpring (NASDAQ:SHSP)

Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) and SharpSpring (NASDAQ:SHSP) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Qualys has a beta of 1.36, indicating that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SharpSpring has a beta of 1.13, indicating that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Qualys and SharpSpring, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Qualys 1 8 8 0 2.41
SharpSpring 0 0 5 0 3.00

Qualys currently has a consensus target price of $93.94, indicating a potential upside of 4.89%. SharpSpring has a consensus target price of $18.25, indicating a potential upside of 74.98%. Given SharpSpring’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe SharpSpring is more favorable than Qualys.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Qualys $278.89 million 12.58 $57.30 million $1.19 75.26
SharpSpring $18.65 million 6.08 -$9.48 million ($1.11) -9.35

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

85.2% of Qualys shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 41.5% of SharpSpring shares are held by institutional investors. 17.3% of Qualys shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 25.6% of SharpSpring shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Qualys and SharpSpring’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Qualys 21.23% 15.51% 9.59%
SharpSpring -52.14% -63.38% -36.11%


Qualys beats SharpSpring on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Qualys Company Profile

Qualys, Inc. provides cloud-based security and compliance solutions in the United States and internationally. The company offers Qualys Cloud Apps, which includes Asset Inventory, CMDB Sync, Vulnerability Management, Continuous Monitoring, Cloud Agent, Threat Protection, Security Configuration Assessment, Indication of Compromise, Policy Compliance, PCI Compliance, Security Assessment Questionnaire, File Integrity Monitoring, Web Application Scanning, and Web Application Firewall. Its integrated suite of security and compliance solutions delivered on its Qualys Cloud Platform enables customers to identify IT assets, collect and analyze IT security data, discover and prioritize vulnerabilities, recommend remediation actions, and verify the implementation of such actions. The company also provides core services, including asset tagging and management, reporting and dashboards, questionnaires and collaboration, remediation and workflow, big data correlation and analytics engine, and alerts and notifications, which enable integrated workflows, management and real-time analysis, and reporting across IT security and compliance solutions. The company markets and sells its IT security and compliance solutions to customers directly through its sales teams, as well as indirectly through its network of channel partners, such as security consulting organizations, managed service providers and resellers, and consulting firms. It serves enterprises, government entities, and small and medium-sized businesses in various industries, including education, financial services, government, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, media, retail, technology, and utilities. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Foster City, California.

SharpSpring Company Profile

SharpSpring, Inc. operates as a cloud-based marketing technology company worldwide. The company offers SharpSpring, a marketing automation solution for small and mid-size businesses. It markets and sells its products and services through sales teams and third party resellers. The company was formerly known as SMTP, Inc. and changed its name to SharpSpring, Inc. in December 2015. SharpSpring, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Gainesville, Florida.

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