Fair Isaac (NYSE: FICO) and Advent Software (NASDAQ:ADVS) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Fair Isaac and Advent Software, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fair Isaac 0 1 1 0 2.50
Advent Software 0 0 0 0 N/A

Fair Isaac presently has a consensus price target of $155.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1.05%. Given Fair Isaac’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Fair Isaac is more favorable than Advent Software.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fair Isaac 13.76% 30.03% 10.29%
Advent Software 4.92% N/A 4.74%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Fair Isaac and Advent Software’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fair Isaac $932.17 million 4.93 $128.25 million $3.97 38.64
Advent Software N/A N/A N/A $0.82 53.95

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

Dividends

Fair Isaac pays an annual dividend of $0.02 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.0%. Advent Software does not pay a dividend. Fair Isaac pays out 0.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Fair Isaac has a beta of 1.26, meaning that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Advent Software has a beta of 1.13, meaning that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

88.2% of Fair Isaac shares are held by institutional investors. 5.6% of Fair Isaac shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Fair Isaac beats Advent Software on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Fair Isaac Company Profile

Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) is a provider of analytic, software and data management products and services that enable businesses to automate and connect decisions. The Company operates through three segments: Applications, Scores and Decision Management Software. The Applications segment includes pre-configured decision management applications designed for a specific type of business problem or process, such as marketing, account origination, customer management, fraud, collections and insurance claims management. The Scores segment includes business-to-business scoring solutions and services, business-to-consumer scoring solutions and services, including myFICO solutions for consumers. The Decision Management Software segment consists of analytic and decision management software tools that clients can use to create their own custom decision management applications, its new FICO Decision Management Suite, as well as associated professional services.

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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