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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

98.3% of ANSYS shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.7% of Autodesk shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of ANSYS shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.1% of Autodesk shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for ANSYS and Autodesk, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ANSYS 2 8 1 0 1.91
Autodesk 1 4 16 0 2.71

ANSYS currently has a consensus price target of $105.75, indicating a potential downside of 15.75%. Autodesk has a consensus price target of $107.33, indicating a potential downside of 0.52%. Given Autodesk’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Autodesk is more favorable than ANSYS.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ANSYS 26.37% 13.87% 11.06%
Autodesk -26.99% -36.65% -6.97%

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ANSYS $1.03 billion 10.33 $461.25 million $3.11 40.36
Autodesk $2.00 billion 11.89 -$294.20 million ($2.44) -44.22

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

Volatility and Risk

ANSYS has a beta of 1.1, indicating that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Autodesk has a beta of 1.96, indicating that its share price is 96% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Autodesk beats ANSYS on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Autodesk Company Profile

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.

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