Analyzing Appian (NASDAQ:APPN) and Mongodb (NASDAQ:MDB)

Mongodb (NASDAQ:MDB) and Appian (NASDAQ:APPN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Mongodb and Appian’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mongodb $421.72 million 31.57 -$175.52 million ($2.36) -97.07
Appian $260.35 million 13.63 -$50.71 million ($0.77) -66.06

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Mongodb and Appian, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mongodb 1 6 9 0 2.50
Appian 1 5 2 0 2.13

Mongodb presently has a consensus target price of $206.87, suggesting a potential downside of 9.70%. Appian has a consensus target price of $44.75, suggesting a potential downside of 12.03%. Given Mongodb’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Mongodb is more favorable than Appian.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mongodb -42.42% -94.98% -13.85%
Appian -15.61% -28.77% -13.81%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.7% of Mongodb shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.0% of Appian shares are held by institutional investors. 16.3% of Mongodb shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 50.0% of Appian shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Mongodb has a beta of 0.76, indicating that its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Appian has a beta of 0.99, indicating that its stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

About Mongodb

MongoDB, Inc. operates as a general purpose database platform worldwide. The company offers MongoDB Enterprise Advanced, a subscription package for enterprise customers to run in the cloud, on-premise, or in a hybrid environment; MongoDB Atlas, a cloud-hosted database-as-a-service solution; and Community Server, a free-to-download version of its database, which includes the functionality that developers need to get started with MongoDB. It also provides professional services, such as consulting and training. The company was formerly known as 10gen, Inc. and changed its name to MongoDB, Inc. in August 2013. MongoDB, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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 business process management systems, dynamic case management, digital process automation, and low-code development. The company also offers professional and customer support services. Its customers include financial services, life sciences, government, telecommunications, media, energy, manufacturing, and transportation organizations. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.

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