Synopsys (NASDAQ: SNPS) and BMC Software (NASDAQ:BMC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Synopsys and BMC Software, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Synopsys 0 3 6 0 2.67
BMC Software 0 0 0 0 N/A

Synopsys presently has a consensus target price of $83.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.63%. Given Synopsys’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Synopsys is more favorable than BMC Software.


This table compares Synopsys and BMC Software’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Synopsys 12.37% 11.60% 7.14%
BMC Software N/A N/A N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

88.9% of Synopsys shares are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of Synopsys shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Synopsys $2.66 billion 4.66 $534.59 million $2.12 38.91
BMC Software N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Synopsys has higher revenue and earnings than BMC Software.


Synopsys beats BMC Software on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Synopsys Company Profile

Synopsys, Inc. provides software, intellectual property (IP) and services. The Company supplies the electronic design automation (EDA) software that engineers use to design and test integrated circuits, also known as chips. It also offers IP products, which are pre-designed circuits that engineers use as components of larger chip designs rather than designing those circuits themselves. It provides software and hardware used to develop the electronic systems that incorporate chips and the software that runs on them. It provides technical services to support its solutions and help its customers develop chips and electronic systems. It is also a provider of software tools that developers use to develop software code in a range of industries, including electronics, financial services, energy, and industrials. It offers products and services in four categories: core EDA; IP, Systems and Software Integrity; Manufacturing Solutions, and Professional Services and Other.

BMC Software Company Profile

BMC Software, Inc. is a United States-based company. The Company is specializing in business service management software. It develops, markets and sells software used for multiple functions, including information technology (IT) service management, data center automation, performance management, virtualization lifecycle management and cloud computing management. The Company offers a business service management (BSM) platform. Its IT Initiatives include Application Management, Cloud Management for Enterprise, Cloud Management for Service Providers, Consumerization of IT, Data Center Automation, IT Business Management, IT Service Management (ITSM), IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and Self-Service IT. The Company’s functional areas include request and support, such as asset management and change management; monitor and operate, such as cloud operations and mainframe automation; provision and configure; govern and control, and integrate and orchestrate.

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