Adobe Systems (NASDAQ: ADBE) and Mobileye NV (NYSE:MBLY) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Adobe Systems and Mobileye NV’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Adobe Systems 23.06% 21.40% 12.51%
Mobileye NV 26.88% 18.47% 16.50%

Volatility and Risk

Adobe Systems has a beta of 0.99, suggesting that its stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mobileye NV has a beta of 0.9, suggesting that its stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.5% of Adobe Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.0% of Mobileye NV shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Adobe Systems shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Adobe Systems and Mobileye NV’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Adobe Systems $6.90 billion 10.75 $2.32 billion $3.19 47.17
Mobileye NV $407.63 million 34.12 $138.64 million $0.50 125.34

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Adobe Systems and Mobileye NV, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Adobe Systems 1 6 22 0 2.72
Mobileye NV 1 19 2 0 2.05

Adobe Systems presently has a consensus price target of $159.57, suggesting a potential upside of 6.06%. Mobileye NV has a consensus price target of $55.63, suggesting a potential downside of 11.23%. Given Adobe Systems’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Adobe Systems is more favorable than Mobileye NV.

Summary

Adobe Systems beats Mobileye NV on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Adobe Systems Company Profile

Adobe Systems Incorporated is a software company. The Company offers products and services used by professionals, marketers, knowledge workers, application developers, enterprises and consumers for creating, managing, delivering, measuring, optimizing and engaging with compelling content and experiences. It operates through three segments: Digital Media, Digital Marketing, and Print and Publishing. Its Digital Media segment provides tools and solutions that enable individuals, small and medium businesses and enterprises to create, publish, promote and monetize their digital content. Its Digital Marketing segment provides solutions and services for how digital advertising and marketing are created, managed, executed, measured and optimized. Its Print and Publishing segment addresses market opportunities ranging from the diverse authoring and publishing needs of technical and business publishing to its legacy type and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) printing businesses.

Mobileye NV Company Profile

Mobileye N.V. is engaged in the development of computer vision and machine learning-based sensing, mapping and driving policy technology for advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving technologies. The Company operates through two segments: Original Equipment Manufacturing, which supplies the software algorithms and EyeQ chip, and After Market, which sells a complete system, which includes its software algorithms and EyeQ chip, as well as the camera and other necessary components. Its software algorithms and EyeQ chips perform detailed interpretations of the visual field in order to anticipate possible collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, animals, debris and other obstacles. Its products are able to detect roadway markings; identify and read traffic signs, directional signs and traffic lights; create a Roadbook of localized drivable paths and visual landmarks using its road experience management technology, and provide mapping for autonomous driving.

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