Reviewing Autodesk (ADSK) & AVG Technologies BV (AVG)

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.8% of Autodesk shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.5% of AVG Technologies BV shares are held by institutional investors. 6.1% of Autodesk shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Autodesk and AVG Technologies BV’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Autodesk $2.03 billion 13.29 -$582.10 million ($2.66) -46.28
AVG Technologies BV N/A N/A N/A $0.87 28.79

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Autodesk and AVG Technologies BV, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Autodesk 0 3 18 0 2.86
AVG Technologies BV 0 0 0 0 N/A

Autodesk presently has a consensus target price of $119.89, indicating a potential downside of 2.62%. Given Autodesk’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Autodesk is more favorable than AVG Technologies BV.


This table compares Autodesk and AVG Technologies BV’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Autodesk -30.01% -60.14% -8.55%
AVG Technologies BV 6.62% 29.61% 4.38%

Volatility & Risk

Autodesk has a beta of 1.98, indicating that its stock price is 98% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AVG Technologies BV has a beta of 1.1, indicating that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Autodesk beats AVG Technologies BV on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc. is a design software and services company, offering customers productive business solutions through technology products and services. The Company’s segments include Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC), Platform Solutions and Emerging Business (PSEB), Manufacturing (MFG), and Media and Entertainment (M&E). The Company serves customers in the architecture, engineering and construction; product design and manufacturing; and digital media and entertainment industries. The Company’s product development and manufacturing software provides manufacturers in automotive, transportation, industrial machinery, consumer products and building products with digital engineering solutions. The Company’s product offerings include, AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, Industry Collections, 3ds Max, Maya, Revit, Inventor, AutoCAD Civil three dimensional (3D), CAM Solutions, Fusion 360, BIM 360 and Shotgun.

About AVG Technologies BV

AVG Technologies N.V. provides software and online services. The Company operates through two segments: Consumer and small and medium sized business (SMB). Its product portfolio includes AVG Anti-Virus FREE, AVG Anti-Virus, AVG Internet Security, AVG Protection FREE suite, AVG Protection PRO suite, AVG Performance suite, Gallery, AVG Cleaner for Mac, AVG Driver Updater, AVG Web TuneUp, Alarm Clock Xtreme FREE + Timer, AVG Cleaner-Xperia and HideMyPhone, among others. Its location labs mobile solutions include AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Smart Limits, T-Mobile FamilyWhere, Verizon FamilyBase, Safely Go and Aqui Estoy. Its AVG CloudCare Products include AVG Remote IT, AVG Anti-Virus, AVG Content Filtering, AVG Cloud Backup and AVG Email Security. Its Norman solutions include Norman Antivirus, Norman Security Suite, Norman Security Suite PRO, Norman Endpoint Protection, Norman Email Protection, Norman Security Portal, Norman SecureMail and Norman SecureSurf.

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