Adobe Systems (NASDAQ: ADBE) and Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ:CHKP) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

87.4% of Adobe Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.8% of Check Point Software Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Adobe Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 29.0% of Check Point Software Technologies shares are owned 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.

Profitability

This table compares Adobe Systems and Check Point Software Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Adobe Systems 22.11% 20.06% 11.72%
Check Point Software Technologies 42.17% 22.02% 14.91%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Adobe Systems and Check Point Software Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Adobe Systems $6.53 billion 11.77 $2.14 billion $2.89 53.90
Check Point Software Technologies $1.81 billion 10.19 $893.47 million $4.50 25.09

Adobe Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Check Point Software Technologies. Check Point Software Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Adobe Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Adobe Systems has a beta of 1, suggesting that its share price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, Check Point Software Technologies has a beta of 0.73, suggesting that its share price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Adobe Systems and Check Point Software Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Adobe Systems 1 6 23 0 2.73
Check Point Software Technologies 0 15 14 0 2.48

Adobe Systems currently has a consensus price target of $155.22, suggesting a potential downside of 0.35%. Check Point Software Technologies has a consensus price target of $111.24, suggesting a potential downside of 1.48%. Given Adobe Systems’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Adobe Systems is more favorable than Check Point Software Technologies.

Summary

Adobe Systems beats Check Point Software Technologies on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Adobe Systems

Adobe Systems Incorporated is a software company. The Company offers products and services used by professionals, marketers, knowledge workers, application developers, enterprises and consumers for creating, managing, delivering, measuring, optimizing and engaging with compelling content and experiences. It operates through three segments: Digital Media, Digital Marketing, and Print and Publishing. Its Digital Media segment provides tools and solutions that enable individuals, small and medium businesses and enterprises to create, publish, promote and monetize their digital content. Its Digital Marketing segment provides solutions and services for how digital advertising and marketing are created, managed, executed, measured and optimized. Its Print and Publishing segment addresses market opportunities ranging from the diverse authoring and publishing needs of technical and business publishing to its legacy type and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) printing businesses.

About Check Point Software Technologies

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (Check point) develops, markets and supports a range of products and services for information technology (IT) security. The Company’s products and services are sold to enterprises, service providers, small and medium sized businesses and consumers. It offers enterprises a platform to deploy independent, modular and interoperable security applications (Software Blades), such as firewall, virtual private network (VPN), intrusion prevention system (IPS), Application Control, Anti-Bot, antivirus, data loss prevention (DLP), policy management, event analysis or multi-domain management. The Company offers Software Blades grouped into functional packages to address specific security issues. It has product offerings under these packages, which include Next Generation Firewall, Next Generation Threat Prevention, Next Generation Secure Web Gateway and Next Generation Data Protection.

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