Critical Contrast: Appian (APPN) vs. Changyou.Com (CYOU)

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Appian (NASDAQ:APPN) and Changyou.Com (NASDAQ:CYOU) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Appian and Changyou.Com’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Appian $176.74 million 14.04 -$31.00 million ($0.61) -63.89
Changyou.Com $485.76 million 2.10 $84.33 million $1.57 12.30

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


This table compares Appian and Changyou.Com’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Appian -19.54% -85.70% -25.56%
Changyou.Com 17.36% 8.86% 4.70%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

22.9% of Appian shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 25.2% of Changyou.Com shares are owned by institutional investors. 64.0% of Appian shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Appian has a beta of 1.85, suggesting that its stock price is 85% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Changyou.Com has a beta of 0.69, suggesting that its stock price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Appian and Changyou.Com, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Appian 2 5 0 0 1.71
Changyou.Com 1 2 0 0 1.67

Appian currently has a consensus target price of $29.17, suggesting a potential downside of 25.16%. Changyou.Com has a consensus target price of $33.43, suggesting a potential upside of 73.14%. Given Changyou.Com’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Changyou.Com is more favorable than Appian.


Changyou.Com beats Appian on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Appian

Appian Corporation provides low-code software development platform that enables organizations to develop various applications in the United States and internationally. The company's platform automates the creation of forms, data flows, records, reports, and other software elements that are needed to be manually coded or configured. Its principal software markets include the markets for low-code development platforms, case management software, business process management, and platform-as-a-service. The company also offers professional and customer support services. Its customers include financial services, healthcare, government, telecommunications, media, energy, manufacturing, and transportation organizations. Appian Corporation was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.

About Changyou.Com Limited develops and operates online games in the People's Republic of China. The company operates through Online Game, Platform Channel, and Others segments. It develops, operates, and licenses online games, including interactive online games that are accessed and played simultaneously by various game players through personal computers; and mobile games played on mobile devices. The company also operates Website, an information portal that provides news, electronic forums, online videos, and other information services on online games to game players; and offers various software applications for PCs and mobile devices, as well as purchases pre-film cinema advertising slots from movie theater operators for advertisers. As of December 31, 2017, it had approximately 5.5 million total average monthly active accounts; and 2.0 million total active paying accounts. The company was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China. Limited is a subsidiary of Inc.

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