Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) and Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and earnings.

Volatility & Risk

Tableau Software has a beta of 0.88, indicating that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Oracle Corporation has a beta of 1.05, indicating that its stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

78.0% of Tableau Software shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.7% of Oracle Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 29.0% of Tableau Software shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 29.0% of Oracle Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tableau Software -17.08% -18.71% -11.72%
Oracle Corporation 24.74% 20.90% 8.32%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Tableau Software and Oracle Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tableau Software $869.50 million 6.80 -$93.86 million ($1.93) -38.76
Oracle Corporation $37.73 billion 5.75 $14.67 billion $2.20 23.86

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

Dividends

Oracle Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Tableau Software does not pay a dividend. Oracle Corporation pays out 34.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Oracle Corporation has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Tableau Software and Oracle Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tableau Software 3 15 13 0 2.32
Oracle Corporation 0 10 29 0 2.74

Tableau Software presently has a consensus price target of $64.08, suggesting a potential downside of 14.33%. Oracle Corporation has a consensus price target of $51.89, suggesting a potential downside of 1.14%. Given Oracle Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Oracle Corporation is more favorable than Tableau Software.

Summary

Oracle Corporation beats Tableau Software on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Tableau Software

Tableau Software, Inc. (Tableau) offers software products. The Company’s products are used by people of diverse skill levels across all kinds of organizations. The Company’s products are used by people of skill levels across all kinds of organizations. Its technologies include visual query language (VizQL) and Hybrid Data Architecture. VizQL unifies the formerly disparate tasks of query and visualization and allows users to transform questions into pictures without the need for software scripts, chart wizards or dialogue boxes. The Company’s products include Tableau Desktop, a self-service product for anyone with data; Tableau Server, a business intelligence platform for organizations; Tableau Online, a hosted software-as-a-service (SaaS) version of Tableau Server; Tableau Public, a cloud-based platform for analyzing and sharing public data, and Vizable, an application used to analyze data on a tablet.

About Oracle Corporation

Oracle Corporation (Oracle) provides products and services that address all aspects of corporate information technology (IT) environments, including application, platform and infrastructure. The Company’s businesses include cloud and on-premise software, hardware and services. Its cloud and on-premise software business consists of three segments, including cloud software and on-premise software, which includes Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings, cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and software license updates and product support. Its hardware business consists of two segments, including hardware products and hardware support. The Company’s services business includes the remainder of the Company’s segments. Its services business includes activities, such as consulting services, enhanced support services and education services, among others.

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