Five9 (NASDAQ: FIVN) and Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) are both application software companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Five9 and Autodesk, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Five9 0 2 5 0 2.71
Autodesk 0 2 21 0 2.91

Five9 presently has a consensus target price of $26.29, suggesting a potential upside of 7.91%. Autodesk has a consensus target price of $132.33, suggesting a potential upside of 14.78%. Given Autodesk’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Autodesk is more favorable than Five9.

Profitability

This table compares Five9 and Autodesk’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Five9 -4.19% -34.14% -9.94%
Autodesk -28.46% -93.60% -8.78%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Five9 and Autodesk’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Five9 $162.09 million 8.36 -$11.86 million ($0.15) -162.40
Autodesk $2.03 billion 12.50 -$582.10 million ($2.57) -44.86

Five9 has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Autodesk. Five9 is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Autodesk, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.4% of Five9 shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.4% of Autodesk shares are held by institutional investors. 9.1% of Five9 shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.1% of Autodesk shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Five9 has a beta of 0.27, suggesting that its share price is 73% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Autodesk has a beta of 1.92, suggesting that its share price is 92% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Autodesk beats Five9 on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Five9

Five9 Inc. (Five9) is a provider of cloud software for contact centers. The Company’s purpose-built Virtual Contact Center (VCC) cloud platform delivers a suite of applications that enable the breadth of contact center-related customer service, sales and marketing functions. The Company’s solution, which consists of its VCC cloud platform and applications, allows simultaneous management and optimization of customer interactions across voice, chat, e-mail, Web, social media and mobile channels, either directly or through its application programming interfaces (APIs). The Company’s VCC cloud platform matches each customer interaction with an appropriate agent resource and delivers relevant customer data to the agent in real-time through integrations with adjacent enterprise applications, such as customer relationship management (CRM) software, to optimize the customer experience and agent productivity.

About Autodesk

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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