Trimble Navigation (NASDAQ: TRMB) and Advent Software (NASDAQ:ADVS) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Trimble Navigation has a beta of 2.34, meaning that its share price is 134% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Advent Software has a beta of 1.13, meaning that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Trimble Navigation and Advent Software’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Trimble Navigation $2.36 billion 4.37 $132.40 million $0.76 53.93
Advent Software N/A N/A N/A $0.82 53.95

Trimble Navigation has higher revenue and earnings than Advent Software. Trimble Navigation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Advent Software, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.9% of Trimble Navigation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Trimble Navigation shares are owned by 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 Trimble Navigation and Advent Software’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Trimble Navigation 7.66% 12.97% 8.05%
Advent Software 4.92% N/A 4.74%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Trimble Navigation and Advent Software, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Trimble Navigation 0 5 5 0 2.50
Advent Software 0 0 0 0 N/A

Trimble Navigation currently has a consensus price target of $41.22, indicating a potential upside of 0.57%. Given Trimble Navigation’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Trimble Navigation is more favorable than Advent Software.

Summary

Trimble Navigation beats Advent Software on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Trimble Navigation

Trimble Inc., formerly Trimble Navigation Limited, is engaged in providing technology solutions that enable professionals and field mobile workers to transform their work processes. The Company’s solutions are used across a range of industries, including agriculture, architecture, civil engineering, survey and land administration, construction, geospatial, government, natural resources, transportation and utilities. The Company’s business segments include Building and Infrastructure, Geospatial, Resource and utilities and Transportation. The Buildings and Infrastructure segment serves customers working in architecture, engineering, construction and operations and maintenance. The Geospatial segment primarily serves customers working in surveying, engineering, government and land management. The Resources and Utilities segment serves customers working in agriculture, forestry, and utilities. The Transportation segment serves customers working in transportation.

About Advent Software

Advent Software, Inc. (Advent) is a provider of software products and services. The Company offers software products and services for automating and integrating data and work flows across the investment management organization, as well as between the investment management organization and external parties. The Company is engaged in the development and marketing of software products, software-as-a-service, hosting services, data interfaces, and related maintenance and services that automate, integrate and support investment management organizations around the world. The Company has a cloud platform, Advent Direct, and a portfolio management platform, Geneva. The Company’s products include Advent Portfolio Exchange, Black Diamond, Axys, Moxy, Advent Rules Manager, Tamale RMS, Syncova calculation solutions, Tradex and Advent General Ledger Exchange. It also offers Data and Data Integration Services, Maintenance and Support Services, Professional Services and an Alliance Program.

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