Perion Network (NASDAQ: PERI) and PTC (NASDAQ:PTC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Perion Network and PTC’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Perion Network $312.79 million 0.24 $200,000.00 ($0.46) -2.11
PTC $1.16 billion 6.41 $6.23 million $0.05 1,291.86

PTC has higher revenue and earnings than Perion Network. Perion Network is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than PTC, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

19.3% of Perion Network shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.4% of PTC shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of PTC shares are owned by company 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Perion Network and PTC, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perion Network 0 1 0 0 2.00
PTC 1 3 14 0 2.72

PTC has a consensus price target of $65.88, suggesting a potential upside of 2.02%. Given PTC’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe PTC is more favorable than Perion Network.

Profitability

This table compares Perion Network and PTC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Perion Network -12.50% 7.83% 4.54%
PTC 0.54% 8.08% 2.98%

Volatility & Risk

Perion Network has a beta of 1.71, indicating that its stock price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PTC has a beta of 1.37, indicating that its stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

PTC beats Perion Network on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Perion Network

Perion Network Ltd. is a global technology company. It is engaged in delivering advertising solutions to brands and publishers. It operates through High Impact Advertising solutions segment. It provides execution, ranging from high-impact advertisement formats to branded search, and a unified social and mobile programmatic platform. Its business solutions include Undertone, Codefuel, Growmobile, IncrediMail and Smilebox. Undertone offers engaging digital advertising, which is designed to capture consumer attention and drive engagement, delivering these advertisements across a portfolio of Websites and mobile applications. CodeFuel is an engagement and monetization suite delivering solutions for both content publishers and advertisers. Growmobile offers automated marketing solutions ranging from social advertising to user engagement. IncrediMail is a unified messaging application. Smilebox is a photo sharing and social expression product and offers various formats, themes and styles.

About PTC

PTC Inc. is a global computer software and services company. The Company offers a portfolio of computer-aided design (CAD) modeling, product lifecycle management (PLM) and service lifecycle management (SLM) solutions for manufacturers to create, operate, and service products. It offers a suite of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that enables its customers to connect, manage and analyze data, and create applications. Its segments include the Solutions Group, the IoT Group and Professional Services. The Solutions Group segment includes its CAD, PLM and SLM products. The IoT Group segment includes its IoT, analytics and augmented reality (AR) solutions. The Professional Services segment includes consulting, implementation and training business. Its IoT products include ThingWorx, KEPServerEX, Vuforia Studio and Vuforia. Its CAD products include Creo and Mathcad. Its PLM products include Windchill, Integrity, Navigate and Creo View. Its SLM products include Servigistics and Arbortext.

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