CYREN (NASDAQ: CYRN) and Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitabiliy, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for CYREN and Autodesk, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CYREN 0 0 1 0 3.00
Autodesk 1 4 15 0 2.70

CYREN presently has a consensus target price of $4.00, indicating a potential upside of 100.00%. Autodesk has a consensus target price of $106.72, indicating a potential downside of 2.76%. Given CYREN’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe CYREN is more favorable than Autodesk.

Profitability

This table compares CYREN and Autodesk’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CYREN -20.12% -18.88% -12.39%
Autodesk -26.99% -36.65% -6.97%

Risk and Volatility

CYREN has a beta of 0.81, suggesting that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Autodesk has a beta of 1.95, suggesting that its share price is 95% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CYREN and Autodesk’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CYREN $31.53 million 2.49 -$1.63 million ($0.15) -13.33
Autodesk $2.00 billion 12.09 -$294.20 million ($2.44) -44.98

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

25.9% of CYREN shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.4% of Autodesk shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.1% of Autodesk shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Autodesk beats CYREN on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CYREN

CYREN Ltd. (CYREN) is engaged in developing and marketing information security solutions for protecting Web, e-mail and mobile transactions. The Company is a Security-as-a-Service provider of integrated cloud-based security technology solutions that mitigate cyber threats, malware attacks, information leaks, legal liability and productivity loss through the application of cyber intelligence. It delivers security services to a range of customers and original equipment manufacturer, and service provider distribution partners, including network and security vendors offering content security gateways, unified threat management solutions and antivirus solutions, and to service providers, such as Software-as-a-Service vendors, Web hosting providers and Internet service providers. Its technologies include CYREN GlobalView Cloud and Recurrent Pattern Detection. Its offerings include CYREN WebSecurity (CWS), CYREN EmailSecurity, Cyber Intelligence Suite and Embedded Solutions.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc. is a design software and services company, offering customers productive business solutions through technology products and services. The Company’s segments include Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC), Platform Solutions and Emerging Business (PSEB), Manufacturing (MFG), and Media and Entertainment (M&E). The Company serves customers in the architecture, engineering and construction; product design and manufacturing; and digital media and entertainment industries. The Company’s product development and manufacturing software provides manufacturers in automotive, transportation, industrial machinery, consumer products and building products with digital engineering solutions. The Company’s product offerings include, AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, Industry Collections, 3ds Max, Maya, Revit, Inventor, AutoCAD Civil three dimensional (3D), CAM Solutions, Fusion 360, BIM 360 and Shotgun.

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