Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK) is one of 65 publicly-traded companies in the “Application Software” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Autodesk to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Autodesk and its rivals, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Autodesk 0 3 18 0 2.86
Autodesk Competitors 178 1506 2857 96 2.62

Autodesk presently has a consensus target price of $119.89, indicating a potential upside of 2.43%. As a group, “Application Software” companies have a potential upside of 4.65%. Given Autodesk’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Autodesk has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Volatility and Risk

Autodesk has a beta of 1.97, suggesting that its share price is 97% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Autodesk’s rivals have a beta of 1.60, suggesting that their average share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.8% of Autodesk shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.6% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.1% of Autodesk shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.7% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are owned 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.


This table compares Autodesk and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Autodesk -30.01% -60.14% -8.55%
Autodesk Competitors -62.15% -91.89% -16.29%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Autodesk and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Autodesk $1.96 billion -$341.70 million -44.00
Autodesk Competitors $761.46 million $137.65 million -12.17

Autodesk has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. Autodesk is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


Autodesk beats its rivals on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About Autodesk

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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