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

Volatility and Risk

PTC has a beta of 1.36, indicating that its share price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Five9 has a beta of 0.32, indicating that its share price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares PTC and Five9’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PTC $1.15 billion 5.86 $91.94 million ($0.35) -166.63
Five9 $179.93 million 7.82 $2.12 million ($0.23) -111.00

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for PTC and Five9, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PTC 0 3 14 0 2.82
Five9 1 1 5 0 2.57

PTC presently has a consensus target price of $63.31, suggesting a potential upside of 8.56%. Five9 has a consensus target price of $22.86, suggesting a potential downside of 10.47%. Given PTC’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe PTC is more favorable than Five9.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PTC -3.46% 6.69% 2.44%
Five9 -7.08% -42.91% -11.76%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

97.9% of PTC shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.2% of Five9 shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of PTC shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.1% of Five9 shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


PTC beats Five9 on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

PTC Company Profile

PTC Inc. is a global computer software and services company. The Company offers a portfolio of computer-aided design (CAD) modeling, product lifecycle management (PLM) and service lifecycle management (SLM) solutions for manufacturers to create, operate, and service products. It offers a suite of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that enables its customers to connect, manage and analyze data, and create applications. Its segments include the Solutions Group, the IoT Group and Professional Services. The Solutions Group segment includes its CAD, PLM and SLM products. The IoT Group segment includes its IoT, analytics and augmented reality (AR) solutions. The Professional Services segment includes consulting, implementation and training business. Its IoT products include ThingWorx, KEPServerEX, Vuforia Studio and Vuforia. Its CAD products include Creo and Mathcad. Its PLM products include Windchill, Integrity, Navigate and Creo View. Its SLM products include Servigistics and Arbortext.

Five9 Company Profile

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.

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