Brightcove (BCOV) vs. Upwork (UPWK) Head-To-Head Comparison

Brightcove (NASDAQ:BCOV) and Upwork (NASDAQ:UPWK) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brightcove -7.79% -12.75% -6.75%
Upwork N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Brightcove and Upwork, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brightcove 0 0 3 0 3.00
Upwork 0 2 3 0 2.60

Brightcove presently has a consensus target price of $13.33, suggesting a potential upside of 87.53%. Upwork has a consensus target price of $22.20, suggesting a potential upside of 23.06%. Given Brightcove’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Brightcove is more favorable than Upwork.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

79.0% of Brightcove shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.9% of Brightcove shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brightcove $155.91 million 1.64 -$19.51 million ($0.48) -14.81
Upwork $202.55 million 9.47 -$4.12 million N/A N/A

Upwork has higher revenue and earnings than Brightcove.

Summary

Upwork beats Brightcove on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Brightcove Company Profile

Brightcove Inc. provides cloud-based services for video. The company offers Video Cloud, an online video platform that enables its customers to publish and distribute video to Internet-connected devices. Its Video Cloud platform offers various features and functionalities, such as uploading and encoding, content management, video player technology, multi-platform video experiences, live video streaming, distribution and syndication, social media, advertising and monetization, and analytics, as well as APIs, SDKs, and developer resources. The company also provides Zencoder, a cloud-based video encoding service with various features and functionalities, including file support, quality and control, speed and reliability, platform and security, and account and integration; SSAI, a cloud-based ad insertion and video stitching service; and Player, a cloud-based service for creating and managing video player experiences. In addition, it offers Video Marketing Suite, a suite of video technologies designed to address the needs of marketers to drive awareness, engagement, and conversion; OTT Flow, a service for media companies and content owners; and Enterprise video suite, an enterprise-class platform for internal communications, employee training, live streaming, marketing, and e-commerce videos. Further, the company provides account management, professional services, support, and online and onsite training services. Brightcove Inc. offers its products to media companies, broadcasters, publishers, brands, and corporations; and governments, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations through direct sales, referral partners, channel partners, and resellers in North America, Europe, Japan, the Asia Pacific, and internationally, as well as sells its products online. The company was formerly known as Video Marketplace, Inc. and changed its name to Brightcove Inc. in March 2005. Brightcove Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

Upwork Company Profile

Upwork Inc. operates an online platform that connects businesses and freelancers. Its platform comprise freelancers in content marketing, customer service, data science and analytics, graphic design, mobile development, sales, and web development categories. The company was formerly known as Elance-oDesk, Inc. and changed its name to Upwork Inc. in May 2015. Upwork Inc. was incorporated in 2013 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

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