Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) and PTC (NASDAQ:PTC) are both mid-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.8% of Electronic Arts shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.9% of PTC shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.6% of Electronic Arts shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of PTC shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Electronic Arts and PTC’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Electronic Arts $5.02 billion 7.20 $1.58 billion $3.74 31.32
PTC $1.15 billion 5.99 $91.94 million ($0.35) -170.23

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Electronic Arts 23.31% 29.77% 15.74%
PTC -3.46% 6.69% 2.44%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Electronic Arts and PTC, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Electronic Arts 0 3 22 0 2.88
PTC 0 3 14 0 2.82

Electronic Arts presently has a consensus price target of $121.18, suggesting a potential upside of 3.45%. PTC has a consensus price target of $63.31, suggesting a potential upside of 6.26%. Given PTC’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe PTC is more favorable than Electronic Arts.

Risk & Volatility

Electronic Arts has a beta of 0.69, meaning that its share price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PTC has a beta of 1.36, meaning that its share price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Electronic Arts beats PTC on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Electronic Arts Company Profile

Electronic Arts Inc. develops, markets, publishes and distributes games, content and services that can be played by consumers on a range of platforms, which include consoles, personal computers (PCs), mobile phones and tablets. The Company’s games and services are based on a portfolio of intellectual property that includes established brands, such as FIFA, Madden NFL, Star Wars, Battlefield, the Sims and Need for Speed. The Company markets and sells its games and services through retail channels and through digital distribution channels. The Company’s PC games and additional content can be downloaded directly through its Origin online platform, as well as through third-party online download stores. Its mobile, tablet and PC free-to-download games and additional content are available through third-party application storefronts, such as the Apple Application Store and Google Play.

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.

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