Accelrys (NASDAQ: ACCL) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) are both technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Accelrys and Microsoft’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Accelrys N/A N/A N/A
Microsoft 24.56% 35.23% 11.27%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Accelrys and Microsoft, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Accelrys 0 0 0 0 N/A
Microsoft 2 8 27 0 2.68

Microsoft has a consensus target price of $84.19, suggesting a potential downside of 1.62%.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Accelrys and Microsoft’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Accelrys N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Microsoft $89.95 billion 7.34 $21.20 billion $2.94 29.11

Microsoft has higher revenue and earnings than Accelrys.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

73.3% of Microsoft shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of Microsoft shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Microsoft pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Accelrys does not pay a dividend. Microsoft pays out 57.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Accelrys has increased its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Summary

Microsoft beats Accelrys on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Accelrys

Accelrys, Inc. develops and commercializes scientific informatics software products and services for industries and organizations. The Company’s product lines include Pipeline Pilot, Accelrys Enterprise Research and Development (R & D) Platform; Computer Aided Design Modeling and Simulation Software; Enterprise Lab Notebook; Lab Execution Systems; Content Databases, and Data Management & Informatics Software. Its software and service solutions are used by its customers’ scientists, biologists, chemists and information technology professionals in order to aggregate, mine, integrate, analyze, simulate, manage and interactively report scientific data. Effective April 29, 2014, Dassault Systemes Americas Corp (Dassault), a unit of Dassault Systemes SA, acquired Accelrys Inc.

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation is a technology company. The Company develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products, services and devices. The Company’s segments include Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud and More Personal Computing. The Company’s products include operating systems; cross-device productivity applications; server applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games, and training and certification of computer system integrators and developers. It also designs, manufactures, and sells devices, including personal computers (PCs), tablets, gaming and entertainment consoles, phones, other intelligent devices, and related accessories, that integrate with its cloud-based offerings. It offers an array of services, including cloud-based solutions that provide customers with software, services, platforms, and content, and it provides solution support and consulting services.

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