Instructure (NYSE:INST) and Anaplan (NYSE:PLAN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Instructure and Anaplan’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Instructure $209.54 million 8.00 -$43.46 million ($1.23) -37.59
Anaplan $240.64 million 18.49 -$131.02 million ($1.72) -20.47

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.9% of Instructure shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.3% of Anaplan shares are held by institutional investors. 10.4% of Instructure shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Instructure and Anaplan, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Instructure 0 7 6 0 2.46
Anaplan 0 4 7 0 2.64

Instructure currently has a consensus target price of $46.23, suggesting a potential downside of 0.01%. Anaplan has a consensus target price of $34.36, suggesting a potential downside of 2.38%. Given Instructure’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Instructure is more favorable than Anaplan.

Profitability

This table compares Instructure and Anaplan’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Instructure -20.74% -33.63% -15.63%
Anaplan N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Anaplan beats Instructure on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Instructure

Instructure, Inc. provides applications for learning, assessment, and performance management through a software-as-a-service business model worldwide. It develops Canvas, a learning management platform for K–12 and higher education; and Bridge, an employee development and engagement platform. The company's applications enhance academic and corporate learning by providing a system of engagement for teachers and learners, enabling frequent and open interactions, a streamlined workflow, and the creation and sharing of content with anytime, anywhere access to information. Its platform also provides data analytics that enable real-time reaction to information and benchmarking in order to personalize curricula and goal setting; and enhance the efficacy of the learning, assessment, and performance management processes. The company was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

About Anaplan

Anaplan, Inc. provides a cloud-based connected planning platform. Its platform unites traditionally distinct or disconnected database structures, including relational, columnar, and online analytical processing with in-memory data storage and calculation that is used in various lines of business, such as finance, sales, supply chain, marketing, human resources, and operations. The company delivers its application over the Internet as a subscription service using a software-as-a-service model. It operates in the United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Anaplan, Inc. was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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