ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS) and CyberArk Software (NASDAQ:CYBR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, profitabiliy and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares ANSYS and CyberArk Software’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ANSYS 26.37% 13.87% 11.06%
CyberArk Software 13.70% 10.77% 7.98%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

98.2% of ANSYS shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.8% of CyberArk Software shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of ANSYS shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

ANSYS has a beta of 1.1, indicating that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CyberArk Software has a beta of 2.57, indicating that its stock price is 157% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares ANSYS and CyberArk Software’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ANSYS $1.03 billion 10.28 $449.22 million $3.11 39.97
CyberArk Software $228.74 million 5.26 $42.40 million $0.87 46.76

ANSYS has higher revenue and earnings than CyberArk Software. ANSYS is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CyberArk Software, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for ANSYS and CyberArk Software, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ANSYS 2 8 1 0 1.91
CyberArk Software 1 9 11 0 2.48

ANSYS presently has a consensus price target of $105.75, suggesting a potential downside of 14.94%. CyberArk Software has a consensus price target of $50.61, suggesting a potential upside of 24.41%. Given CyberArk Software’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe CyberArk Software is more favorable than ANSYS.

Summary

ANSYS beats CyberArk Software on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ANSYS

ANSYS, Inc. (ANSYS) develops and markets engineering simulation software and services used by engineers, designers, researchers and students across a range of industries and academia, including aerospace and defense, automotive, industrial equipment, electronics, biomedical, energy, materials and chemical processing, and semiconductors. The Company focuses on the development of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation. The Company distributes its ANSYS suite of simulation technologies through a network of independent resellers and distributors, and direct sales offices in various locations. Its product portfolio consists of Simulation Platform: ANSYS Workbench, Structures, Fluids, Electronics, Semiconductors, Multiphysics, AIM, Embedded Software, Systems, Three Dimensional (3-D) Direct Modeling and Academic.

About CyberArk Software

CyberArk Software Ltd is an Israel-based provider of information technology (IT) security solutions that protects organizations from cyber-attacks. The Company’s software solutions are focused on protecting privileged accounts, which have become a critical target in the lifecycle of cyber-attacks. The Company’s Privileged Account Security Solution consists of various products, such as Shares Technology Platform, Enterprise Password Vault, SSH Key Manager, Privileged Session Manager, Privileged Threat Analytics, Application Identity Manager, CyberArk-Conjur, Endpoint Privilege Manager and On-Demand Privileges Manager. The Company’s products provide protection against external and internal cyber threats and enables detection and neutralization of attacks. The Company’s Enterprise Password Vault provides customers with a tool to manage and protect all privileged accounts across an entire organization, including physical, virtual or cloud-based assets.

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