Critical Analysis: Carbonite (CARB) vs. Upwork (UPWK)

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Carbonite 0.39% 46.67% 6.40%
Upwork N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Carbonite 0 1 10 0 2.91
Upwork 0 2 3 0 2.60

Carbonite presently has a consensus target price of $39.09, suggesting a potential upside of 16.24%. Upwork has a consensus target price of $22.00, suggesting a potential upside of 14.49%. Given Carbonite’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Carbonite is more favorable than Upwork.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.6% of Carbonite shares are held by institutional investors. 9.8% of Carbonite shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Carbonite 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
Carbonite $239.46 million 4.72 -$4.00 million $0.50 67.26
Upwork N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Upwork has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Carbonite.

Summary

Carbonite beats Upwork on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Carbonite Company Profile

Carbonite, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides backup, disaster recovery, high availability, and workload migration technology solutions in the United States. Its solutions include Carbonite Safe that offers annual and multi-year cloud backup plans for individuals or businesses; and Carbonite Endpoint Protection that protects the data, which resides on an organization's computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The company's solutions also comprise Carbonite Hybrid Backup, which protects a customer's data footprint on-premise and in the cloud and enables recovery while version history stored in the cloud safeguards against disaster; Carbonite Cloud Backup that automatically backs up data to the cloud and keeps physical and virtual systems protected with point-in-time restore; and Carbonite Onsite Backup, a flexible data protection solution, which backs up and replicates data securely across a customer's own private network. In addition, it offers Carbonite Availability that keeps critical business systems available on Windows and Linux servers; Carbonite Recover, a disaster recovery-as-a-service solution that securely replicates critical systems from a customer's primary environment to the cloud; Carbonite Migrate, which migrates physical, virtual, and cloud workloads to and from any environment with minimal risk and near-zero downtime; and Carbonite Email Archiving that provides MailStore offerings designed to meet the specific email archiving needs of customers in terms of performance, stability, functionality, and simplicity. The company provides its solutions through distributors, value-added resellers, managed service providers, and global systems integrators. Carbonite, Inc. was founded in 2005 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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