Head to Head Comparison: ANSYS (ANSS) versus PTC (PTC)

PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) and ANSYS (NASDAQ:ANSS) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PTC 0.54% 8.08% 2.98%
ANSYS 26.01% 13.67% 10.86%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares PTC and ANSYS’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PTC $1.16 billion 6.43 $6.23 million $0.05 1,296.06
ANSYS $988.47 million 12.90 $265.63 million $3.18 47.26

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

Volatility and Risk

PTC has a beta of 1.37, suggesting that its share price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ANSYS has a beta of 1.05, suggesting that its share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for PTC and ANSYS, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PTC 1 3 14 0 2.72
ANSYS 2 9 1 0 1.92

PTC currently has a consensus price target of $65.59, suggesting a potential upside of 1.23%. ANSYS has a consensus price target of $124.90, suggesting a potential downside of 16.89%. Given PTC’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe PTC is more favorable than ANSYS.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

97.4% of PTC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.2% of ANSYS shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of PTC shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of ANSYS shares are owned by 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.

PTC Company Profile

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.

ANSYS Company Profile

ANSYS, Inc. (ANSYS) develops and markets engineering simulation software and services used by engineers, designers, researchers and students across a range of industries and academia, including aerospace and defense, automotive, industrial equipment, electronics, biomedical, energy, materials and chemical processing, and semiconductors. The Company focuses on the development of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation. The Company distributes its ANSYS suite of simulation technologies through a network of independent resellers and distributors, and direct sales offices in various locations. Its product portfolio consists of Simulation Platform: ANSYS Workbench, Structures, Fluids, Electronics, Semiconductors, Multiphysics, AIM, Embedded Software, Systems, Three Dimensional (3-D) Direct Modeling and Academic.

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