Head to Head Survey: Tableau Software (NYSE:DATA) & ANSYS (NYSE:ANSS)

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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Tableau Software and ANSYS’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tableau Software $982.95 million 0.00 -$77.04 million ($3.19) N/A
ANSYS $1.29 billion 14.57 $419.38 million $5.21 43.02

ANSYS has higher revenue and earnings than Tableau Software. Tableau Software 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

Tableau Software has a beta of 1.49, meaning that its share price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ANSYS has a beta of 1.39, meaning that its share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.8% of Tableau Software shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.6% of ANSYS shares are held by institutional investors. 12.6% of Tableau Software shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of ANSYS shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Tableau Software and ANSYS, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tableau Software 0 14 7 0 2.33
ANSYS 0 4 7 0 2.64

Tableau Software presently has a consensus price target of $146.35, suggesting a potential upside of ∞. ANSYS has a consensus price target of $218.89, suggesting a potential downside of 2.35%. Given Tableau Software’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Tableau Software is more favorable than ANSYS.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tableau Software -27.58% -25.93% -15.77%
ANSYS 31.53% 17.17% 13.91%

Summary

ANSYS beats Tableau Software on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Tableau Software

Tableau Software, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides business analytics software products. It offers Tableau Desktop, a self-service, powerful analytics product with data; Tableau Server, a business intelligence platform for organizations; Tableau Online, a hosted software-as-a-service version of Tableau Server; Tableau Prep, a data preparation product for combining, shaping, and cleaning data; and Tableau Public, a cloud-based platform for analyzing and sharing public data. In addition, it offers Visual Query Language (VizQL) for databases, which is a computer language for describing pictures of data, including graphs, charts, maps, time series, and tables of visualizations; Live Query Engine that interprets abstract queries generated by VizQL into syntax understandable by database systems; and Hyper, an in-memory data engine technology that helps customers to analyze a range of data sets by evaluating analytical queries directly in the transactional database. Further, the company provides support, maintenance, training, and professional services. It serves organizations in various industries, including business services, energy and telecommunications, financial services, life sciences and healthcare, manufacturing and technology, media and entertainment, public sector, and education, as well as retail, consumer, and distribution industries. The company sells its products directly, as well as through indirect sales channels, such as technology vendors, resellers, original equipment manufacturers, independent software vendor, and distributors in the United States, Canada, and internationally. Tableau Software, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

About ANSYS

ANSYS, Inc. develops and markets engineering simulation software and services worldwide. The company offers ANSYS Workbench, a framework upon which the company's engineering simulation technologies are built; ANSYS multiphysics software to simulate the interactions between structures, heat transfer, fluids, and electronics in a unified engineering simulation environment; and structural analysis product suite that provides simulation tools for product design and optimization. It also provides fluids product suite that enables modeling of fluid flow and other related physical phenomena; and electromagnetics product suite, which provides field simulation software for designing electronic. In addition, the company offers power analysis and optimization software suite that manages the power budget, power delivery integrity, and power-induced noise in an electronic design; SCADE product suite, a solution for embedded software simulation, code production, and automated certification; system simulation capability for the design of automated products; and high-performance computing product suite, which delivers cross-physics parallel processing capabilities for simulation software. Further, it provides Discovery product family for use in the simulation of product design; academic product suite with a portfolio of academic products based on associate, research, and teaching; ANSYS Fluent that enhance workflow process; and ANSYS medini analyze, a suite for functional safety analysis. The company serves engineers, designers, researchers, and students in the aerospace and defense, automotive, electronics, semiconductors, energy, materials and chemical processing, turbomachinery, consumer products, healthcare, and sports industries and academia. ANSYS, Inc. was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

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