Workday (NASDAQ: WDAY) and Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC) are both large-cap technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation, dividends and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Workday and Symantec’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Workday $1.57 billion 13.90 -$408.27 million ($1.44) -72.81
Symantec $4.02 billion 4.32 -$106.00 million ($0.58) -48.24

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

Dividends

Symantec pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Workday does not pay a dividend. Symantec pays out -51.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Workday has a beta of 1.82, meaning that its share price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Symantec has a beta of 1.07, meaning that its share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

67.6% of Workday shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.0% of Symantec shares are owned by institutional investors. 37.7% of Workday shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Symantec shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Workday and Symantec’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Workday -16.91% -19.73% -7.37%
Symantec -5.29% 12.33% 2.65%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Workday and Symantec, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Workday 3 21 12 0 2.25
Symantec 1 13 9 0 2.35

Workday presently has a consensus price target of $103.62, indicating a potential downside of 1.18%. Symantec has a consensus price target of $32.38, indicating a potential upside of 15.73%. Given Symantec’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Symantec is more favorable than Workday.

Summary

Symantec beats Workday on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Workday

Workday, Inc. is a provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. The Company delivers financial management, human capital management and analytics applications designed for various companies, educational institutions and government agencies. As part of its applications, the Company provides embedded analytics that capture the content and context of everyday business events, facilitating informed decision-making from wherever users are working. Its applications include Workday Financial Management, Workday Human Capital Management (HCM) and Other Applications. It also provides open, standards-based Web-services application programming interfaces, and pre-built packaged integrations and connectors. Workday Financial Management is a unified application with a range of financial capabilities, relevant analytics and metrics, and auditable process management. Workday HCM allows an organization to staff, pay, organize and develop its global workforce.

About Symantec

Symantec Corporation is a United States-based cyber security company. The Company offers products under categories, such as threat protection, information protection, cyber security services and Website security. Under threat protection, it offers Advanced Threat Protection, Endpoint Protection, Endpoint Protection Cloud, IT Management Suite, Email Security.Cloud, Data Center Security and Cloud Workload Protection products. Under the information protection category, it offers Data Loss Prevention, Encryption, Managed PKI, Service, VIP Access Manager, and Data Loss Prevention and CloudSOC products. The Company also offers consulting services, customer success services, cyber security services and education services. Its cyber security services include DeepSight Intelligence software, which provides an analysis of attacks. The Company offers the Blue Coat Security Platform, which provides Web security solutions for global enterprises and governments.

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