Perion Network (NASDAQ: PERI) and Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Perion Network -11.31% 8.57% 4.95%
Autodesk -30.01% -60.14% -8.55%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Perion Network and Autodesk’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Perion Network $290.67 million 0.31 $24.96 million ($0.42) -2.76
Autodesk $1.96 billion 12.75 -$341.70 million ($2.66) -42.88

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

19.4% of Perion Network shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.8% of Autodesk shares are held by institutional investors. 6.1% of Autodesk shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Perion Network and Autodesk, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perion Network 0 1 0 0 2.00
Autodesk 0 3 18 0 2.86

Autodesk has a consensus price target of $119.89, suggesting a potential upside of 5.12%. Given Autodesk’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Autodesk is more favorable than Perion Network.

Risk & Volatility

Perion Network has a beta of 1.66, meaning that its share price is 66% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Autodesk has a beta of 1.97, meaning that its share price is 97% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Autodesk beats Perion Network on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Perion Network Company Profile

Perion Network Ltd. is a global technology company. It is engaged in delivering advertising solutions to brands and publishers. It operates through High Impact Advertising solutions segment. It provides execution, ranging from high-impact advertisement formats to branded search, and a unified social and mobile programmatic platform. Its business solutions include Undertone, Codefuel, Growmobile, IncrediMail and Smilebox. Undertone offers engaging digital advertising, which is designed to capture consumer attention and drive engagement, delivering these advertisements across a portfolio of Websites and mobile applications. CodeFuel is an engagement and monetization suite delivering solutions for both content publishers and advertisers. Growmobile offers automated marketing solutions ranging from social advertising to user engagement. IncrediMail is a unified messaging application. Smilebox is a photo sharing and social expression product and offers various formats, themes and styles.

Autodesk Company Profile

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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