Comparing Aware (NASDAQ:AWRE) & WM Technology (NASDAQ:MAPS)

Aware (NASDAQ:AWRE) and WM Technology (NASDAQ:MAPS) 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 profitability, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

30.0% of Aware shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.4% of WM Technology shares are held by institutional investors. 24.5% of Aware shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Aware and WM Technology, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aware 0 0 1 0 3.00
WM Technology 0 0 8 0 3.00

Aware currently has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 50.00%. WM Technology has a consensus target price of $18.56, indicating a potential upside of 32.59%. Given Aware’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Aware is more favorable than WM Technology.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Aware and WM Technology’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aware $11.31 million 7.61 -$7.61 million N/A N/A
WM Technology N/A N/A -$52.02 million N/A N/A

Aware has higher revenue and earnings than WM Technology.

Profitability

This table compares Aware and WM Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aware -43.91% -14.18% -12.70%
WM Technology N/A -2,655.44% -61.56%

Volatility and Risk

Aware has a beta of 0.21, meaning that its stock price is 79% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WM Technology has a beta of -0.15, meaning that its stock price is 115% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Aware beats WM Technology on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Aware Company Profile

Aware, Inc. is a biometrics software and services company. The firm’s products are used in government and commercial biometrics systems, which are capable of determining or verifying an individual’s identity. It also provides interoperable, standards-compliant, field-proven biometric functionality, and are used to capture, verify, format, compress and decompress biometric images, as well as aggregate, analyses, process and transport those images within biometric systems. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Bedford, MA.

WM Technology Company Profile

WM Holding Company, LLC provides software and technology solutions to the cannabis industry. It operates Weedmaps, an online directory of cannabis retailers and information site for cannabis producers and consumers; and provides cloud-based software as a service and data solutions to cannabis retailers and major brands. The company was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Irvine, California.

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