Aspen Technology (NASDAQ: AZPN) and Computer Task Group (NASDAQ:CTG) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Aspen Technology and Computer Task Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aspen Technology 2 3 3 0 2.13
Computer Task Group 0 1 1 0 2.50

Aspen Technology presently has a consensus price target of $78.50, suggesting a potential downside of 12.57%. Computer Task Group has a consensus price target of $9.00, suggesting a potential upside of 14.80%. Given Computer Task Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Computer Task Group is more favorable than Aspen Technology.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Aspen Technology and Computer Task Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aspen Technology $482.94 million 13.38 $162.19 million $2.11 42.55
Computer Task Group $301.21 million 0.40 $800,000.00 $0.22 35.64

Aspen Technology has higher revenue and earnings than Computer Task Group. Computer Task Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Aspen Technology, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Aspen Technology and Computer Task Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aspen Technology 33.19% -61.67% 76.58%
Computer Task Group 0.16% 4.38% 2.71%

Volatility and Risk

Aspen Technology has a beta of 1.21, suggesting that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Computer Task Group has a beta of 0.48, suggesting that its stock price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

47.4% of Computer Task Group shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Aspen Technology shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of Computer Task Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Aspen Technology beats Computer Task Group on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Aspen Technology

Aspen Technology, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides software and services in the United States, Europe, and internationally. It operates through two segments, Subscription and Software, and Services. It supplies asset optimization solutions that optimize asset design, operations, and maintenance lifecycle in various industrial environments. The company's software suites include aspenONE Engineering, aspenONE Manufacturing and Supply Chain, and aspenONE Asset Performance Management, which are integrated applications that allow end users to design process manufacturing environments, forecast and simulate potential actions, monitor operational performances, predict the reliability of an asset and equipment failure, and manage planning and scheduling activities, as well as collaborate across these functions and activities. It also provides software maintenance and support, professional, and training services. The company's customers include companies that are engaged in the process and other industries, including energy, chemicals, engineering, and construction, as well as pharmaceuticals, transportation, power, metals and mining, pulp and paper, and consumer packaged goods. Aspen Technology, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts.

About Computer Task Group

Computer Task Group, Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an information technology solutions and staffing services company in North America, Europe, and India. Its IT solutions include the implementation and optimization of packaged software applications; development and deployment of customized software and solutions designed to fit the needs of a specific client or market; and design and distribution of complex technology components, as well as offers consulting services. The company's IT and other staffing services include recruiting, retaining, and managing IT and other talent primarily for technology service providers and other companies with multiple locations. It serves technology service and healthcare providers, and health insurers, as well as manufacturing, life sciences, energy, and financial services companies. Computer Task Group, Incorporated was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Buffalo, New York.

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