Appian Corporation (APPN) and SPS Commerce Inc. (NASDAQ:SPSC) Contrasting side by side

We are contrasting Appian Corporation (NASDAQ:APPN) and SPS Commerce Inc. (NASDAQ:SPSC) on their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation. They both are Application Software companies, competing one another.

Earnings and Valuation

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Appian Corporation 234.63M 8.96 57.44M -0.91 0.00
SPS Commerce Inc. 256.08M 7.35 27.43M 1.54 67.19

Table 1 shows gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation of the two companies.


Table 2 represents Appian Corporation (NASDAQ:APPN) and SPS Commerce Inc. (NASDAQ:SPSC)’s return on equity, return on assets and net margins.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Appian Corporation -24.48% -91.4% -28%
SPS Commerce Inc. 10.71% 8.7% 7.2%


The Current Ratio of Appian Corporation is 1.4 while its Quick Ratio stands at 1.4. The Current Ratio of rival SPS Commerce Inc. is 4.8 and its Quick Ratio is has 4.8. SPS Commerce Inc. is better equipped to clear short and long-term obligations than Appian Corporation.

Analyst Ratings

The table shown features the ratings and recommendations for Appian Corporation and SPS Commerce Inc.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
Appian Corporation 0 1 0 2.00
SPS Commerce Inc. 0 0 2 3.00

Appian Corporation’s upside potential is 10.77% at a $36 average price target. Competitively SPS Commerce Inc. has a consensus price target of $115, with potential upside of 9.46%. Based on the data shown earlier, Appian Corporation is looking more favorable than SPS Commerce Inc., analysts view.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

Institutional investors held 55.3% of Appian Corporation shares and 96.7% of SPS Commerce Inc. shares. Appian Corporation’s share held by insiders are 1.4%. Insiders Competitively, held 1% of SPS Commerce Inc. shares.


Here are the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
Appian Corporation 1.85% 3.67% -8.08% 31.45% 10.91% 27.85%
SPS Commerce Inc. -0.64% 0.23% -2.39% 7.6% 49.12% 25.93%

For the past year Appian Corporation’s stock price has bigger growth than SPS Commerce Inc.


On 10 of the 13 factors SPS Commerce Inc. beats Appian Corporation.

Appian Corporation provides low-code software development platform that enables organizations to develop various applications in the United States and internationally. The companyÂ’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 the markets for low-code development platforms, case management software, business process management, and platform-as-a-service. The company also offers professional and customer support services. Its customers include financial services, healthcare, government, telecommunications, media, energy, manufacturing, and transportation organizations. Appian Corporation was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.

SPS Commerce, Inc. provides cloud-based supply chain management solutions worldwide. It provides solutions through the SPS Commerce platform, a cloud-based product suite that enhances the way suppliers, retailers, distributors, logistics firms, and other trading partners manage and fulfill orders. The company offers Trading Partner Fulfillment solution, which provides fulfillment automation and replaces or augments an organizationÂ’s existing trading partner electronic communication infrastructure; Trading Partner Analytics solution that comprises data analytics applications to enhance visibility and analysis of customers supply chains; and Trading Partner Assortment solution to manage individual attributes associated with each item a retailer or supplier sells. It also provides Trading Partner Sourcing solution that enables retailers to source providers of new items, suppliers to connect with new retailers, and retailing community to make connections for expanding their business networks and grow; Trading Partner Community Development solution, which offers communications programs that enables retailers, suppliers, and emerging providers of value-added products and services to establish trading partner relationships with new trading partners to expand their businesses; and Other Trading Partner Solutions, such as barcode labeling, planogram services, and scan and pack application that helps trading partners process information to streamline the picking and packaging process. The company sells its solutions primarily through retail sales professionals and supplier sales representatives to small- to mid-sized suppliers in the consumer packaged goods industry, as well as retailers, distributors, third-party logistics providers, and other trading partners. The company was formerly known as St. Paul Software, Inc. and changed its name to SPS Commerce, Inc. in May 2001. SPS Commerce, Inc. was incorporated in 1987 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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