Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK) is one of 65 publicly-traded companies in the “Application Software” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Autodesk to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and earnings.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Autodesk and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Autodesk $1.96 billion -$341.70 million -42.88
Autodesk Competitors $761.43 million $137.66 million -11.69

Autodesk has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. Autodesk is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

Autodesk has a beta of 1.97, meaning that its share price is 97% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Autodesk’s competitors have a beta of 1.60, meaning that their average share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Autodesk and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Autodesk 0 3 18 0 2.86
Autodesk Competitors 175 1500 2838 96 2.62

Autodesk presently has a consensus target price of $119.89, suggesting a potential upside of 5.12%. As a group, “Application Software” companies have a potential upside of 6.93%. Given Autodesk’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Autodesk has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.


This table compares Autodesk and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Autodesk -30.01% -60.14% -8.55%
Autodesk Competitors -62.15% -91.89% -16.29%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.8% of Autodesk shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.6% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.1% of Autodesk shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.8% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Autodesk beats its competitors on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc. is a design software and services company, offering customers productive business solutions through technology products and services. The Company’s segments include Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC), Platform Solutions and Emerging Business (PSEB), Manufacturing (MFG), and Media and Entertainment (M&E). The Company serves customers in the architecture, engineering and construction; product design and manufacturing; and digital media and entertainment industries. The Company’s product development and manufacturing software provides manufacturers in automotive, transportation, industrial machinery, consumer products and building products with digital engineering solutions. The Company’s product offerings include, AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, Industry Collections, 3ds Max, Maya, Revit, Inventor, AutoCAD Civil three dimensional (3D), CAM Solutions, Fusion 360, BIM 360 and Shotgun.

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