Accelrys (NASDAQ: ACCL) and Exa Corporation (NASDAQ:EXA) are both 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

76.0% of Exa Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 11.5% of Exa Corporation 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.

Profitability

This table compares Accelrys and Exa Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Accelrys N/A N/A N/A
Exa Corporation -6.46% -25.19% -7.40%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Accelrys and Exa Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Accelrys N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Exa Corporation $72.69 million 2.84 $1.48 million ($0.32) -43.00

Exa Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Accelrys.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Accelrys and Exa Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Accelrys 0 0 0 0 N/A
Exa Corporation 0 1 3 0 2.75

Exa Corporation has a consensus target price of $16.50, indicating a potential upside of 19.91%. Given Exa Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Exa Corporation is more favorable than Accelrys.

Summary

Exa Corporation beats Accelrys on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Accelrys Company Profile

Accelrys, Inc. develops and commercializes scientific informatics software products and services for industries and organizations. The Company’s product lines include Pipeline Pilot, Accelrys Enterprise Research and Development (R & D) Platform; Computer Aided Design Modeling and Simulation Software; Enterprise Lab Notebook; Lab Execution Systems; Content Databases, and Data Management & Informatics Software. Its software and service solutions are used by its customers’ scientists, biologists, chemists and information technology professionals in order to aggregate, mine, integrate, analyze, simulate, manage and interactively report scientific data. Effective April 29, 2014, Dassault Systemes Americas Corp (Dassault), a unit of Dassault Systemes SA, acquired Accelrys Inc.

Exa Corporation Company Profile

Exa Corporation develops, sells and supports simulation software and services that manufacturers use in design and engineering processes. The Company focuses primarily on the ground transportation market, including manufacturers in the passenger vehicle, highway truck, off-highway vehicle and train markets, as well as their suppliers. Its product, PowerFLOW, is a software solution for simulating fluid flow problems, including aerodynamics, thermal management and aeroacoustics, or wind noise. PowerFLOW uses its Digital Physics technology that enables it to predict fluid flows. PowerFLOW directly simulates unpredictable turbulent scales. The PowerFLOW software suite includes the simulation engine and grid generation engine, along with pre- and post-processing software products. The software is delivered in client/server architecture, or through its cloud-based offering, ExaCLOUD. With the ExaCLOUD solution, various client features and functions are accessed through a Web browser.

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