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

Dividends

Symantec Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Opower does not pay a dividend. Symantec Corporation pays out -75.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.4% of Symantec Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Symantec Corporation shares are held 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Symantec Corporation -5.29% 12.27% 2.61%
Opower -30.39% -59.02% -26.51%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Symantec Corporation and Opower, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Symantec Corporation 2 14 10 0 2.31
Opower 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Symantec Corporation and Opower’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Symantec Corporation $4,019.00 4.49 -$106.00 ($0.40) -73.45
Opower N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Opower has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Symantec Corporation.

Summary

Symantec Corporation beats Opower on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Symantec Corporation

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.

About Opower

Opower, Inc. (Opower) is a provider of cloud-based software to the utility industry. The Company’s software solutions deliver key customer-facing applications that reduce energy demand and provide customer care. The Company’s software analyzes energy data and presents insights that motivate reductions in energy consumption. Its integrated solutions include Demand-Side Management (DSM), which include energy efficiency and demand response, and Customer Care, which include digital engagement and bill advisor. The key components of its energy efficiency solution include home energy reports, smart meter-enabled e-mails and marketplace suite. The key components of its demand response solution include peak day alerts and peak day feedback reports. Opower’s digital engagement solutions include NextWeb platform, outbound communications, points and rewards, and rates engine. The Key components of its Bill Advisor solution include customer service interface and proactive alerts.

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