Head-To-Head Survey: Appian (NASDAQ:APPN) & Coursera (NYSE:COUR)

Appian (NASDAQ:APPNGet Free Report) and Coursera (NYSE:COURGet Free Report) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Appian and Coursera, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Appian 1 2 5 0 2.50
Coursera 1 2 8 0 2.64

Appian currently has a consensus target price of $48.86, indicating a potential upside of 40.15%. Coursera has a consensus target price of $22.10, indicating a potential upside of 85.71%. Given Coursera’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Coursera is more favorable than Appian.

Volatility and Risk

Appian has a beta of 1.46, indicating that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Coursera has a beta of 1.48, indicating that its share price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

52.7% of Appian shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.6% of Coursera shares are held by institutional investors. 43.6% of Appian shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.3% of Coursera shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Appian $545.36 million 4.69 -$111.44 million ($1.53) -22.78
Coursera $635.76 million 2.94 -$116.55 million ($0.77) -15.45

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


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Appian -20.43% -127.40% -16.30%
Coursera -18.33% -18.15% -12.39%


Coursera beats Appian on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Appian

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Appian Corporation, a software company that provides low-code design platform in the United States, Mexico, Portugal, and internationally. The company's platform offers artificial intelligence, process automation, data fabric, and process mining. It provides The Appian Platform, an integrated automation platform that enables organizations to design, automate, and optimize mission-critical business processes. The company also offers professional and customer support services. It serves to financial services, government, life sciences, insurance, manufacturing, energy, healthcare, telecommunications, and transportation industries. Appian Corporation was incorporated in 1999 and is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

About Coursera

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Coursera, Inc. operates an online educational content platform in the United States, Europe, Africa, the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and internationally. It operates in three segments: Consumer, Enterprise, and Degrees. The company offers guided projects, courses, and specializations, as well as online degrees; and certificates for entry-level professional, non-entry level professional, university, and MasterTrack. It offers its products to individuals, enterprise, business, campus, and government. The company was formerly known as Dkandu, Inc. and changed its name to Coursera, Inc. in April 2012. Coursera, Inc. was incorporated in 2011 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

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