Reviewing Autodesk (ADSK) & PTC (PTC)

Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK) and PTC (NASDAQ:PTC) are both mid-cap technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Autodesk and PTC’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Autodesk $2.03 billion 12.57 -$582.10 million ($2.57) -45.10
PTC $1.16 billion 6.58 $6.23 million $0.05 1,318.86

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.3% of Autodesk shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.9% of PTC shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.1% of Autodesk shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of PTC shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Autodesk and PTC, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Autodesk 0 2 21 0 2.91
PTC 1 4 12 0 2.65

Autodesk currently has a consensus target price of $132.43, suggesting a potential upside of 14.25%. PTC has a consensus target price of $66.31, suggesting a potential upside of 0.58%. Given Autodesk’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Autodesk is more favorable than PTC.


This table compares Autodesk and PTC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Autodesk -28.46% -93.60% -8.78%
PTC 0.54% 8.08% 2.98%

Risk & Volatility

Autodesk has a beta of 1.91, suggesting that its stock price is 91% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PTC has a beta of 1.34, suggesting that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.

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.

About PTC

PTC Inc. is a global computer software and services company. The Company offers a portfolio of computer-aided design (CAD) modeling, product lifecycle management (PLM) and service lifecycle management (SLM) solutions for manufacturers to create, operate, and service products. It offers a suite of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that enables its customers to connect, manage and analyze data, and create applications. Its segments include the Solutions Group, the IoT Group and Professional Services. The Solutions Group segment includes its CAD, PLM and SLM products. The IoT Group segment includes its IoT, analytics and augmented reality (AR) solutions. The Professional Services segment includes consulting, implementation and training business. Its IoT products include ThingWorx, KEPServerEX, Vuforia Studio and Vuforia. Its CAD products include Creo and Mathcad. Its PLM products include Windchill, Integrity, Navigate and Creo View. Its SLM products include Servigistics and Arbortext.

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