Perficient (NASDAQ: PRFT) and 2U (NASDAQ:TWOU) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Perficient has a beta of 0.85, indicating that its stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, 2U has a beta of -0.18, indicating that its stock price is 118% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

74.8% of Perficient shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.4% of 2U shares are held by institutional investors. 3.7% of Perficient shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.4% of 2U shares are held by 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 Perficient and 2U’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Perficient 3.36% 8.05% 6.15%
2U -12.49% -13.02% -9.97%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Perficient and 2U’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Perficient $486.98 million 1.34 $20.45 million $0.47 39.77
2U $205.86 million 16.12 -$20.68 million ($0.67) -94.82

Perficient has higher revenue and earnings than 2U. 2U is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Perficient, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Perficient and 2U, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perficient 0 0 2 0 3.00
2U 0 0 10 0 3.00

Perficient presently has a consensus target price of $21.50, indicating a potential upside of 15.03%. 2U has a consensus target price of $63.60, indicating a potential upside of 0.11%. Given Perficient’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Perficient is more favorable than 2U.

Summary

Perficient beats 2U on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Perficient Company Profile

Perficient, Inc. is an information technology and management consulting firm. The Company’s solutions include business intelligence and analytics, commerce, content management, custom applications, platform implementations, portals and collaboration, business integration and application program interfaces, management consulting, business process management, and customer relationship management, among others. It provides services to the healthcare (pharma and life sciences), financial services (banking and insurance), retail and consumer goods, automotive and transport products, electronics and computer hardware, telecommunications, manufacturing, business services, and leisure, and media and entertainment markets, among others.

2U Company Profile

2U, Inc. is a provider of an integrated solution consisting of cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) combined with technology-enabled services (together, the Platform) that allows colleges and universities to deliver online degree programs. The Company’s SaaS technology consists of a learning environment (Online Campus), which acts as the hub for all student and faculty academic and social interaction, and a suite of integrated applications, which the Company uses to launch, operate and support the Company’s clients’ programs. The Company also provides a suite of technology-enabled services optimized with data analysis and machine learning techniques that support the complete lifecycle of a higher education program, including attracting students, advising students through the admissions application process, providing technical, success coaching and other support, facilitating accessibility to individuals with disabilities, and facilitating in-program field placements.

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