Head to Head Survey: Nice (NICE) versus EnerNOC (ENOC)

Nice (NASDAQ: NICE) and EnerNOC (NASDAQ:ENOC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Dividends

Nice pays an annual dividend of $0.13 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.1%. EnerNOC does not pay a dividend. Nice pays out 8.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Nice and EnerNOC’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nice $1.02 billion 5.44 $116.92 million $1.46 62.99
EnerNOC N/A N/A N/A ($1.50) -5.10

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

Profitability

This table compares Nice and EnerNOC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nice 7.12% 9.71% 5.72%
EnerNOC -66.80% -160.15% -42.76%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

45.0% of Nice shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.7% of EnerNOC shares are held by institutional investors. 0.0% of Nice shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.4% of EnerNOC shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Nice has a beta of 0.9, suggesting that its stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EnerNOC has a beta of 0.26, suggesting that its stock price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Nice and EnerNOC, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nice 0 6 2 0 2.25
EnerNOC 0 4 0 0 2.00

Nice presently has a consensus target price of $87.71, suggesting a potential downside of 4.62%. EnerNOC has a consensus target price of $8.56, suggesting a potential upside of 11.85%. Given EnerNOC’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe EnerNOC is more favorable than Nice.

Summary

Nice beats EnerNOC on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Nice Company Profile

NICE Ltd., formerly NICE-Systems Ltd., is a global enterprise software provider. The Company’s segments include Customer Interactions Solutions, and Financial Crime and Compliance Solutions. The Customer Interactions Solutions segment provides data driven insights that enable businesses to deliver personalized experience to customers. The Financial Crime and Compliance Solutions segment provides real time and cross-channel fraud prevention, anti-money laundering, brokerage compliance and enterprise-wide case management. The Company serves contact centers, back office operations and retail branches, covering various industries, including communications, banking, insurance, healthcare, business processes outsourcing (BPO), government, utilities, travel and entertainment. Its Multi-Channel Recording and Interaction Management enables organizations to capture structured and unstructured customer interaction and transaction data from multiple channels.

EnerNOC Company Profile

EnerNOC, Inc. is a provider of energy intelligence software (EIS) and demand response solutions. The Company’s EIS provides enterprise solutions, utility solutions and energy procurement solutions. The Company’s EIS offers enterprise customers with a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions with various areas of functionalities, including energy cost visualization, budgets, forecasts and accruals; project tracking, and demand management. Its EIS provides its utility customers with a SaaS-based customer engagement platform, which collects and processes data and enables its utility customers to provide personalized communication and recommendations to their customers. Its EIS includes an energy procurement platform that helps its enterprise and utility customers. Its procurement platform offers its enterprise and utility customers with features, such as energy contracts management. Its technology includes over two components: its EIS platform and Network Operations Center (NOC).

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