Autodesk (NYSE: ZUO) and Zuora (NYSE:ZUO) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Autodesk and Zuora’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Autodesk $2.06 billion 15.60 -$566.90 million ($1.60) -91.70
Zuora $167.92 million 15.43 -$47.15 million N/A N/A

Zuora has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Autodesk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Autodesk and Zuora, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Autodesk 0 3 17 0 2.85
Zuora 0 3 2 0 2.40

Autodesk presently has a consensus price target of $161.63, suggesting a potential upside of 10.16%. Zuora has a consensus price target of $29.00, suggesting a potential upside of 20.28%. Given Zuora’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Zuora is more favorable than Autodesk.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Autodesk -18.52% -3,087.49% -5.61%
Zuora N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

96.0% of Autodesk shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 11.0% of Zuora shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.1% of Autodesk shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Autodesk beats Zuora on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Autodesk Company Profile

Autodesk, Inc. operates as a design software and services company worldwide. The company offers AutoCAD, a professional design, drafting, detailing, and visualization software; and AutoCAD LT, a professional drafting and detailing software; computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software for computer numeric control machining, inspection, and modelling for manufacturing; and AutoCAD Civil 3D, a surveying, design, analysis, and documentation solution for civil engineering, including land development, transportation, and environmental projects. It also provides Maya and 3ds Max software products that offer 3D modeling, animation, effects, rendering, and compositing solutions; Revit software for building information modeling; and Inventor tool for 3D mechanical design, simulation, analysis, tooling, visualization, and documentation. In addition, the company offers BIM 360, a construction management cloud-based software; Shotgun, a cloud-based software for review and production tracking in the media and entertainment industry; and Fusion 360, a 3D CAD, CAM, and computer-aided engineering tool. It licenses or sells its products to customers in the architecture, engineering, and construction; manufacturing; and digital media, consumer, and entertainment industries directly, as well as through distributors and resellers. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in San Rafael, California.

Zuora Company Profile

Zuora, Inc. provides cloud-based software on a subscription basis that enables companies in various industries to launch, manage, and transform into a subscription business. The company offers Zuora Central platform that acts as an intelligent subscription management hub that automates the subscription order-to-cash process, including quoting, billing, collections, analytics, and revenue recognition. Its products include Zuora Billing, Zuora RevPro, Zuora CPQ, Zuora Insights, and Zuora Collect. Zuora, Inc. sells its products through its direct sales force and with GSI partners to various industries comprising software, hardware, media, transportation, construction, healthcare, education, retail, Internet of Things, and others worldwide. The company was incorporated in 2006 and is headquartered in San Mateo, California.

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