Intuit (INTU) versus Advent Software (ADVS) Critical Review

Intuit (NASDAQ: INTU) and Advent Software (NASDAQ:ADVS) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, valuation, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Intuit pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Advent Software does not pay a dividend. Intuit pays out 41.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

Intuit has a beta of 1.18, indicating that its stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Advent Software has a beta of 1.13, indicating that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Intuit and Advent Software’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intuit 18.62% 77.56% 22.36%
Advent Software 4.92% N/A 4.74%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Intuit and Advent Software, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intuit 2 5 12 0 2.53
Advent Software 0 0 0 0 N/A

Intuit presently has a consensus target price of $152.65, indicating a potential downside of 1.66%. Given Intuit’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Intuit is more favorable than Advent Software.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.3% of Intuit shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.6% of Intuit shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Intuit and Advent Software’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intuit $5.18 billion 7.67 $971.00 million $3.77 41.18
Advent Software N/A N/A N/A $0.82 53.95

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

Summary

Intuit beats Advent Software on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Intuit Company Profile

Intuit Inc. is a provider of business and financial management solutions for small businesses, consumers and accounting professionals. The Company operates through three segments: Small Business, Consumer Tax and ProConnect. The Small Business segment serves and advises small businesses and the accounting professionals, and includes QuickBooks financial and business management online services and desktop software, payroll solutions, and payment processing solutions. The Small Business segment also includes third-party applications that integrate with the Company’s offerings. The Consumer Tax segment targets consumers and includes TurboTax products and services, which enable individuals to prepare and file their own federal and state personal income tax returns. The ProConnect segment targets professional accountants in the United States and Canada. Its ProConnect professional tax offerings include Lacerte, ProSeries, ProFile and ProConnect Tax Online.

Advent Software Company Profile

Advent Software, Inc. (Advent) is a provider of software products and services. The Company offers software products and services for automating and integrating data and work flows across the investment management organization, as well as between the investment management organization and external parties. The Company is engaged in the development and marketing of software products, software-as-a-service, hosting services, data interfaces, and related maintenance and services that automate, integrate and support investment management organizations around the world. The Company has a cloud platform, Advent Direct, and a portfolio management platform, Geneva. The Company’s products include Advent Portfolio Exchange, Black Diamond, Axys, Moxy, Advent Rules Manager, Tamale RMS, Syncova calculation solutions, Tradex and Advent General Ledger Exchange. It also offers Data and Data Integration Services, Maintenance and Support Services, Professional Services and an Alliance Program.

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