Mulesoft (NASDAQ: MULE) and Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) are both mid-cap technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.7% of Symantec Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Symantec Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Mulesoft and Symantec Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mulesoft 0 7 3 0 2.30
Symantec Corporation 1 13 13 0 2.44

Mulesoft currently has a consensus price target of $25.43, suggesting a potential upside of 22.02%. Symantec Corporation has a consensus price target of $31.46, suggesting a potential downside of 5.36%. Given Mulesoft’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Mulesoft is more favorable than Symantec Corporation.

Dividends

Symantec Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Mulesoft does not pay a dividend. Symantec Corporation pays out -49.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mulesoft $234.86 million 2.14 -$53.90 million N/A N/A
Symantec Corporation $4.31 billion 4.73 $714.00 million ($0.61) -54.49

Symantec Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Mulesoft.

Profitability

This table compares Mulesoft and Symantec Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mulesoft -28.36% -30.07% -18.42%
Symantec Corporation -8.68% 10.73% 2.33%

Summary

Symantec Corporation beats Mulesoft on 12 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Mulesoft Company Profile

MuleSoft, Inc. is engaged in providing a software platform that connects a range of technologies. The Company enables organizations to manage and secure the flow of data between all systems in the enterprise. The Company offers organizations to create agile infrastructures. The Company has developed Anypoint Platform. The Company’s customers use its Anypoint Platform to connect their applications, data, and devices into an application network where systems are pluggable instead of glued together with custom integration code. The application network enables a self-serve infrastructure through discoverable building blocks, or nodes, that can be used and reused to rapidly compose applications. With an application network built with Anypoint Platform, organizations can transform into composable enterprises.

Symantec Corporation Company Profile

Symantec Corporation is a United States-based cyber security company. The Company offers products under categories, such as threat protection, information protection, cyber security services and Website security. Under threat protection, it offers Advanced Threat Protection, Endpoint Protection, Endpoint Protection Cloud, IT Management Suite, Email Security.Cloud, Data Center Security and Cloud Workload Protection products. Under the information protection category, it offers Data Loss Prevention, Encryption, Managed PKI, Service, VIP Access Manager, and Data Loss Prevention and CloudSOC products. The Company also offers consulting services, customer success services, cyber security services and education services. Its cyber security services include DeepSight Intelligence software, which provides an analysis of attacks. The Company offers the Blue Coat Security Platform, which provides Web security solutions for global enterprises and governments.

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