Better Buy: Veeva Systems vs. Hubspot @themotleyfool #stocks $VEEV $HUBS $MRK $NVS $BAYR.Y

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Steve Jobs once called the computer “a bicycle for the mind.” His analogy stems from a study that showed humans become the most energy-efficient travelers among the animal kingdom when riding a bicycle. Jobs wasn’t just talking about physical hardware, but the combination of hardware and software to create the multiplying effect. For knowledge workers, cloud software can act as a bicycle, leveraging their skills, smarts, and hard work. This provides a compelling reason for businesses to embrace these tools and investors to invest.
Let’s take a look at two cloud companies that are building impressive software platforms and see which stock would be a better buy today.
Comparison of key metrics
When comparing two companies, it’s helpful to look at the key metrics side-by-side. Even though Veeva (NYSE:VEEV), a life sciences business management software company, was founded a year after Hubspot (NYSE:HUBS), an inbound marketing software platform, it sports a 68% higher trailing 12-month revenue number. Hubspot has had a more impressive compound annual growth rate over the last three years, but for the rest of the metrics, Veeva comes out ahead.

Metrics

Veeva

Hubspot

Year founded / IPO year

2007 / 2013

2006 / 2014

TTM revenues

$1.28 billion

$0.76 billion

Three-year growth CAGR

26%

36%

MRQ revenue …

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