Apptio (APTI) & ImageWare Systems (IWSY) Head-To-Head Survey

Apptio (NASDAQ:APTI) and ImageWare Systems (OTCMKTS:IWSY) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends and risk.


This table compares Apptio and ImageWare Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Apptio -11.98% -19.28% -7.04%
ImageWare Systems -217.29% N/A -104.10%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Apptio and ImageWare Systems, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Apptio 0 2 7 0 2.78
ImageWare Systems 0 0 1 0 3.00

Apptio currently has a consensus price target of $35.89, suggesting a potential upside of 9.72%. ImageWare Systems has a consensus price target of $4.25, suggesting a potential upside of 352.13%. Given ImageWare Systems’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe ImageWare Systems is more favorable than Apptio.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Apptio and ImageWare Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Apptio $188.52 million 7.73 -$25.62 million ($0.64) -51.11
ImageWare Systems $4.29 million 21.00 -$10.06 million ($0.15) -6.27

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

72.5% of Apptio shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.1% of ImageWare Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 24.2% of Apptio shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 47.7% of ImageWare Systems shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Apptio has a beta of 0.14, suggesting that its stock price is 86% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ImageWare Systems has a beta of 1.36, suggesting that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.


ImageWare Systems beats Apptio on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Apptio

Apptio, Inc. provides cloud-based technology business management (TBM) solutions to enterprises. Its cloud-based platform and SaaS applications enable IT leaders to analyze, optimize, and plan technology investments, as well as to benchmark financial and operational performance against peers. The company's TBM solutions consist of adaptive data management, which aggregates, cleanses, and correlates large amounts of customer data from various sources; and standard IT operating model and taxonomy that offers a standard model for how IT costs are captured, categorized, and allocated to IT and business services. Its solution also comprises visual modeling, which allows users to build and manage the financial and operational model of their IT organization; powerful calculation engine that allows the models to be applied across very large data sets accessible to users through the analytics capabilities included in its applications; intuitive, self-service analytics for IT and business users; and modular applications comprising cost transparency, IT benchmarking, business insights, bill of IT, and IT planning applications. The company operates in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, France, Singapore, and Italy. Apptio, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.

About ImageWare Systems

ImageWare Systems, Inc. provides biometrically enabled software-based identity management solutions for biometrics, secure credential, law enforcement, and public safety markets worldwide. Its flagship product is the patented IWS Biometric Engine, a multi-biometric software platform that enables the enrollment and management of unlimited population sizes. The company also offers GoMobile Interactive that enables business, service, and content providers to offer users biometric security for their products, services, and content; IWS PIV (personal identity verification) Management Application that supplies Web-based graphical user interface to server functions; IWS PIV Middleware, which connects card reader and PIV card; IWS Background Server, a software application for biometric identity management functions; IWS Desktop Security, an authentication management platform; and IWS Biometric Quality Assessment and Enhancement, a biometric image enhancement and assessment solution. Its secure credential products include GoVerifyID, a biometric authentication solution; IWS Card Management System to support and manage the issuance of smart cards; IWS EPI Suite, an ID software solution for producing, issuing, and managing credentials and personal identification cards; IWS EPI Builder, which offers various aspects of ID functionality; IWS EPI PrintFarm software for card printing; and IWS PIV Encoder to program the PIV smart cards. In addition, the company provides IWS Law Enforcement, a digital booking, identification, and investigative solution; and LiveScan, Capture, Facial Recognition, Law Enforcement Web, Witness View, and IWS Biometric Engine add-on modules, as well as maintenance and customer support, and software customization and fulfillment services. It serves healthcare, banking, retail/e-commerce, government, and law enforcement and public safety markets. ImageWare Systems, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

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