Anaplan (NYSE:PLAN) & Nuance Communications (NASDAQ:NUAN) Head to Head Contrast

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Anaplan (NYSE:PLAN) and Nuance Communications (NASDAQ:NUAN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Anaplan and Nuance Communications’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Anaplan -36.81% -46.17% -20.91%
Nuance Communications 10.02% 12.30% 4.24%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Anaplan and Nuance Communications’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Anaplan $348.02 million 26.41 -$149.22 million ($1.06) -62.03
Nuance Communications $1.82 billion 6.15 $213.81 million $0.76 52.25

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.7% of Anaplan shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.4% of Nuance Communications shares are held by institutional investors. 7.3% of Anaplan shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of Nuance Communications shares are held 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Anaplan and Nuance Communications, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Anaplan 1 7 12 0 2.55
Nuance Communications 1 1 6 0 2.63

Anaplan currently has a consensus price target of $62.14, indicating a potential downside of 5.50%. Nuance Communications has a consensus price target of $38.50, indicating a potential downside of 3.05%. Given Nuance Communications’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Nuance Communications is more favorable than Anaplan.

Risk & Volatility

Anaplan has a beta of 2.02, meaning that its stock price is 102% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nuance Communications has a beta of 1.02, meaning that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Nuance Communications beats Anaplan on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Anaplan

Anaplan, Inc. provides a cloud-based connected planning platform to connect organizations and people. Its platform unites traditionally distinct or disconnected database structures, including relational, columnar, and online analytical processing with in-memory data storage and calculation that is used in connecting various areas of an organization, such as finance, sales, supply chain, marketing, human resources, and operations. The company delivers its application over the Internet as a subscription service using a software-as-a-service model, as well as offers professional services related to implementing and supporting its application. It has operations in the United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The company was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

About Nuance Communications

Nuance Communications, Inc. provides conversational artificial intelligence (AI) innovations that bring intelligence to everyday work and life. The company delivers solutions that understand, analyze, and respond to people – amplifying human intelligence to increase productivity and security. It offers customers high accuracy in automated speech recognition, natural language understanding capabilities, dialog and information management, biometric speaker authentication, text-to-speech, and domain knowledge along with professional services and implementation support. Its Healthcare segment provides clinical speech and clinical language understanding solutions that improve the clinical documentation process, from capturing the complete patient record to improving clinical documentation and quality measures for reimbursement. The company's Enterprise segment primarily engages in using speech, natural language understanding, and artificial intelligence to provide automated customer solutions and services for voice, mobile, Web, and messaging channels. Its Other segment provides voicemail transcription services to mobile operators. The company serves organizations across healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, government, and retail. Nuance Communications, Inc. markets and sells its solutions and technologies directly through sales force, as well as through a network of resellers, including system integrators, independent software vendors, value-added resellers, distributors, hardware vendors, telecommunications carriers, and e-commerce Website worldwide. Nuance Communications, Inc. has a strategic partnership with Mila to collaborate on research and advance work in machine learning. The company was formerly known as ScanSoft, Inc. and changed its name to Nuance Communications, Inc. in October 2005. Nuance Communications, Inc. was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts.

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