Analyzing Autodesk (ADSK) & Great Elm Capital Group (GEC)

Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK) and Great Elm Capital Group (NASDAQ:GEC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Autodesk and Great Elm Capital Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Autodesk 0 2 21 0 2.91
Great Elm Capital Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Autodesk currently has a consensus price target of $132.43, indicating a potential upside of 27.47%. Given Autodesk’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Autodesk is more favorable than Great Elm Capital Group.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.4% of Autodesk shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.3% of Great Elm Capital Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.1% of Autodesk shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.6% of Great Elm Capital Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Autodesk and Great Elm Capital Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Autodesk $2.03 billion 11.27 -$582.10 million ($2.57) -40.42
Great Elm Capital Group $4.92 million 20.93 -$15.20 million ($0.61) -6.64

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

Profitability

This table compares Autodesk and Great Elm Capital Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Autodesk -28.46% -93.60% -8.78%
Great Elm Capital Group -221.85% -22.38% -18.36%

Autodesk Company Profile

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.

Great Elm Capital Group Company Profile

Great Elm Capital Group, Inc., formerly Unwired Planet, Inc., is a holding company. The Company makes investments in businesses and assets in various industries. The Company’s investment for long-term value creation is in the asset management business. The Company continues to explore other opportunities in the investment management business, including other business development companies (BDCs) that trade at a discount to their net asset value. The Company intends to build a diversified investment company consisting of the following three business lines: investment management, financial products and merchant banking. It is embarking on a program of creating bespoke financial products and creating a pipeline of acquisition opportunities. The Company’s subsidiary is Great Elm Capital Corporation (GECC).

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