Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) and ANSYS (NASDAQ:ANSS) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and profitabiliy.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

98.2% of ANSYS shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Sabre Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of ANSYS shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Sabre Corporation and ANSYS’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sabre Corporation $3.48 billion 1.53 $719.33 million $0.48 39.85
ANSYS $1.03 billion 10.33 $449.22 million $3.11 40.19

Sabre Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than ANSYS. Sabre Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ANSYS, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Sabre Corporation has a beta of 0.71, suggesting that its stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ANSYS has a beta of 1.1, suggesting that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Sabre Corporation and ANSYS, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sabre Corporation 1 1 6 0 2.63
ANSYS 2 8 1 0 1.91

Sabre Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $26.33, suggesting a potential upside of 37.65%. ANSYS has a consensus price target of $105.75, suggesting a potential downside of 15.39%. Given Sabre Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Sabre Corporation is more favorable than ANSYS.

Profitability

This table compares Sabre Corporation and ANSYS’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sabre Corporation 3.87% 46.16% 5.43%
ANSYS 26.37% 13.87% 11.06%

Dividends

Sabre Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. ANSYS does not pay a dividend. Sabre Corporation pays out 116.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Sabre Corporation Company Profile

Sabre Corporation is a technology solutions provider to the global travel and tourism industry. The Company provides software and services to a range of travel suppliers and travel buyers. The Company operates through two business segments: Travel Network, and Airline and Hospitality Solutions. Travel Network is its global business-to-business travel marketplace and consists primarily of its global distribution system (GDS) and a set of solutions that integrate with its GDS to serve travel suppliers and travel buyers. Its Airline and Hospitality Solutions business offers a portfolio of software technology products and solutions, through software-as-a-service (SaaS) and hosted delivery model, to airlines, hoteliers and other travel suppliers. The Company connects travel suppliers, including airlines, hotels, car rental brands, rail carriers, cruise lines and tour operators, with travel buyers in a travel marketplace.

ANSYS Company Profile

ANSYS, Inc. (ANSYS) develops and markets engineering simulation software and services used by engineers, designers, researchers and students across a range of industries and academia, including aerospace and defense, automotive, industrial equipment, electronics, biomedical, energy, materials and chemical processing, and semiconductors. The Company focuses on the development of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation. The Company distributes its ANSYS suite of simulation technologies through a network of independent resellers and distributors, and direct sales offices in various locations. Its product portfolio consists of Simulation Platform: ANSYS Workbench, Structures, Fluids, Electronics, Semiconductors, Multiphysics, AIM, Embedded Software, Systems, Three Dimensional (3-D) Direct Modeling and Academic.

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