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

Dividends

Symantec pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Workday does not pay a dividend. Symantec pays out -75.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Workday -16.91% -19.73% -7.37%
Symantec -5.29% 12.33% 2.65%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Workday and Symantec’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Workday $1.57 billion 13.15 -$408.27 million ($1.44) -68.89
Symantec $4.02 billion 4.23 -$106.00 million ($0.40) -68.60

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Workday and Symantec, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Workday 3 21 12 0 2.25
Symantec 1 13 9 0 2.35

Workday presently has a consensus target price of $103.62, suggesting a potential upside of 4.45%. Symantec has a consensus target price of $32.38, suggesting a potential upside of 18.01%. Given Symantec’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Symantec is more favorable than Workday.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

67.6% of Workday shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.0% of Symantec shares are held by institutional investors. 37.7% of Workday shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Symantec 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.

Volatility and Risk

Workday has a beta of 1.82, indicating that its stock price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Symantec has a beta of 1.08, indicating that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Symantec beats Workday on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Workday

Workday, Inc. is a provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. The Company delivers financial management, human capital management and analytics applications designed for various companies, educational institutions and government agencies. As part of its applications, the Company provides embedded analytics that capture the content and context of everyday business events, facilitating informed decision-making from wherever users are working. Its applications include Workday Financial Management, Workday Human Capital Management (HCM) and Other Applications. It also provides open, standards-based Web-services application programming interfaces, and pre-built packaged integrations and connectors. Workday Financial Management is a unified application with a range of financial capabilities, relevant analytics and metrics, and auditable process management. Workday HCM allows an organization to staff, pay, organize and develop its global workforce.

About Symantec

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.

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