AVG Technologies NV (NYSE: AVG) and ANSYS (NASDAQ:ANSS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, valuation and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares AVG Technologies NV and ANSYS’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AVG Technologies NV N/A N/A N/A $0.87 28.79
ANSYS $1.03 billion 10.57 $461.25 million $3.11 41.31

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

Profitability

This table compares AVG Technologies NV and ANSYS’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AVG Technologies NV 6.62% 29.61% 4.38%
ANSYS 26.37% 13.87% 11.06%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

80.5% of AVG Technologies NV shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.9% of ANSYS shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of ANSYS shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

AVG Technologies NV has a beta of 1.08, suggesting that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ANSYS has a beta of 1.07, suggesting that its share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for AVG Technologies NV and ANSYS, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AVG Technologies NV 0 0 0 0 N/A
ANSYS 2 9 1 0 1.92

ANSYS has a consensus target price of $109.89, suggesting a potential downside of 14.46%. Given ANSYS’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe ANSYS is more favorable than AVG Technologies NV.

Summary

ANSYS beats AVG Technologies NV on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

AVG Technologies NV Company Profile

AVG Technologies N.V. provides software and online services. The Company operates through two segments: Consumer and small and medium sized business (SMB). Its product portfolio includes AVG Anti-Virus FREE, AVG Anti-Virus, AVG Internet Security, AVG Protection FREE suite, AVG Protection PRO suite, AVG Performance suite, Gallery, AVG Cleaner for Mac, AVG Driver Updater, AVG Web TuneUp, Alarm Clock Xtreme FREE + Timer, AVG Cleaner-Xperia and HideMyPhone, among others. Its location labs mobile solutions include AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Smart Limits, T-Mobile FamilyWhere, Verizon FamilyBase, Safely Go and Aqui Estoy. Its AVG CloudCare Products include AVG Remote IT, AVG Anti-Virus, AVG Content Filtering, AVG Cloud Backup and AVG Email Security. Its Norman solutions include Norman Antivirus, Norman Security Suite, Norman Security Suite PRO, Norman Endpoint Protection, Norman Email Protection, Norman Security Portal, Norman SecureMail and Norman SecureSurf.

ANSYS Company Profile

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.

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