Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) and Mulesoft (NASDAQ:MULE) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Dividends

Symantec Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Mulesoft does not pay a dividend. Symantec Corporation pays out -49.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Symantec Corporation and Mulesoft’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Symantec Corporation $4.31 billion 4.70 $714.00 million ($0.61) -54.23
Mulesoft $234.86 million 2.17 -$53.90 million N/A N/A

Symantec Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Mulesoft.

Profitability

This table compares Symantec Corporation and Mulesoft’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Symantec Corporation -8.68% 10.73% 2.33%
Mulesoft -28.36% -30.07% -18.42%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.7% of Symantec Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Symantec Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Symantec Corporation and Mulesoft, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Symantec Corporation 1 13 14 0 2.46
Mulesoft 0 7 3 0 2.30

Symantec Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $31.40, suggesting a potential downside of 5.08%. Mulesoft has a consensus price target of $25.43, suggesting a potential upside of 20.23%. Given Mulesoft’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Mulesoft is more favorable than Symantec Corporation.

Summary

Symantec Corporation beats Mulesoft on 12 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Symantec Corporation Company Profile

Symantec Corporation is a United States-based cyber security company. The Company offers products under categories, such as threat protection, information protection, cyber security services and Website security. Under threat protection, it offers Advanced Threat Protection, Endpoint Protection, Endpoint Protection Cloud, IT Management Suite, Email Security.Cloud, Data Center Security and Cloud Workload Protection products. Under the information protection category, it offers Data Loss Prevention, Encryption, Managed PKI, Service, VIP Access Manager, and Data Loss Prevention and CloudSOC products. The Company also offers consulting services, customer success services, cyber security services and education services. Its cyber security services include DeepSight Intelligence software, which provides an analysis of attacks. The Company offers the Blue Coat Security Platform, which provides Web security solutions for global enterprises and governments.

Mulesoft Company Profile

MuleSoft, Inc. is engaged in providing a software platform that connects a range of technologies. The Company enables organizations to manage and secure the flow of data between all systems in the enterprise. The Company offers organizations to create agile infrastructures. The Company has developed Anypoint Platform. The Company’s customers use its Anypoint Platform to connect their applications, data, and devices into an application network where systems are pluggable instead of glued together with custom integration code. The application network enables a self-serve infrastructure through discoverable building blocks, or nodes, that can be used and reused to rapidly compose applications. With an application network built with Anypoint Platform, organizations can transform into composable enterprises.

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