Critical Contrast: Amber Road (AMBR) vs. Autodesk (ADSK)

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Amber Road (NYSE:AMBR) and Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Amber Road and Autodesk’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Amber Road $79.08 million 3.18 -$12.97 million ($0.47) -19.43
Autodesk $2.06 billion 14.69 -$566.90 million ($1.60) -86.36

Amber Road has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Autodesk. Autodesk is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Amber Road, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Amber Road and Autodesk’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Amber Road -12.71% -38.21% -10.56%
Autodesk -18.52% -3,087.49% -5.61%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

67.8% of Amber Road shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.0% of Autodesk shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.1% of Amber Road shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.1% of Autodesk shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Amber Road has a beta of 0.26, suggesting that its share price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Autodesk has a beta of 1.8, suggesting that its share price is 80% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Amber Road and Autodesk, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Amber Road 0 1 2 0 2.67
Autodesk 0 3 17 0 2.85

Amber Road currently has a consensus target price of $12.33, suggesting a potential upside of 35.09%. Autodesk has a consensus target price of $163.74, suggesting a potential upside of 18.50%. Given Amber Road’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Amber Road is more favorable than Autodesk.

Amber Road Company Profile

Amber Road, Inc. provides cloud-based global trade management (GTM) solutions in the United States and internationally. The company's GTM solutions include modules for logistics contract and rate management; supply chain visibility and event management; international trade compliance; and global knowledge trade content database, supply chain collaboration with overseas factories and vendors, and duty management solutions to importers and exporters, nonvessel owning common carriers (resellers), and ocean carriers. It provides its solution to various industries, including chemical/pharmaceutical, high technology/electronics, industrial/manufacturing, logistics, oil and gas, and retail/apparel through a software-as-a-service model. The company was formerly known as Management Dynamics Inc. and changed its name to Amber Road, Inc. in 2011. Amber Road, Inc. was incorporated in 1984 and is headquartered in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Autodesk Company Profile

Autodesk, Inc. operates as a design software and services company worldwide. The company offers AutoCAD, a professional design, drafting, detailing, and visualization software; and AutoCAD LT, a professional drafting and detailing software; computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software for computer numeric control machining, inspection, and modelling for manufacturing; and AutoCAD Civil 3D, a surveying, design, analysis, and documentation solution for civil engineering, including land development, transportation, and environmental projects. It also provides Maya and 3ds Max software products that offer 3D modeling, animation, effects, rendering, and compositing solutions; Revit software for building information modeling; and Inventor tool for 3D mechanical design, simulation, analysis, tooling, visualization, and documentation. In addition, the company offers BIM 360, a construction management cloud-based software; Shotgun, a cloud-based software for review and production tracking in the media and entertainment industry; and Fusion 360, a 3D CAD, CAM, and computer-aided engineering tool. It licenses or sells its products to customers in the architecture, engineering, and construction; manufacturing; and digital media, consumer, and entertainment industries directly, as well as through distributors and resellers. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in San Rafael, California.

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