Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ: CHKP) and Adobe Systems (NASDAQ:ADBE) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, earnings and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Check Point Software Technologies and Adobe Systems’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Check Point Software Technologies $1.81 billion 10.11 $893.47 million $4.50 24.89
Adobe Systems $6.90 billion 10.62 $2.32 billion $3.19 46.55

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

67.8% of Check Point Software Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.4% of Adobe Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 29.0% of Check Point Software Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 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 stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Check Point Software Technologies and Adobe Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Check Point Software Technologies 42.17% 22.02% 14.91%
Adobe Systems 23.06% 21.40% 12.51%

Volatility and Risk

Check Point Software Technologies has a beta of 0.73, meaning that its stock price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Adobe Systems has a beta of 1, meaning that its stock price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Check Point Software Technologies and Adobe Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Check Point Software Technologies 0 15 14 0 2.48
Adobe Systems 1 5 23 0 2.76

Check Point Software Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $111.24, suggesting a potential downside of 0.67%. Adobe Systems has a consensus price target of $159.57, suggesting a potential upside of 7.46%. Given Adobe Systems’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Adobe Systems is more favorable than Check Point Software Technologies.

Summary

Adobe Systems beats Check Point Software Technologies on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Check Point Software Technologies Company Profile

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (Check point) develops, markets and supports a range of products and services for information technology (IT) security. The Company’s products and services are sold to enterprises, service providers, small and medium sized businesses and consumers. It offers enterprises a platform to deploy independent, modular and interoperable security applications (Software Blades), such as firewall, virtual private network (VPN), intrusion prevention system (IPS), Application Control, Anti-Bot, antivirus, data loss prevention (DLP), policy management, event analysis or multi-domain management. The Company offers Software Blades grouped into functional packages to address specific security issues. It has product offerings under these packages, which include Next Generation Firewall, Next Generation Threat Prevention, Next Generation Secure Web Gateway and Next Generation Data Protection.

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.

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