Comparing Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC) & Tyler Technologies (NASDAQ:TYL)

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Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC) and Tyler Technologies (NYSE:TYL) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Symantec pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Tyler Technologies does not pay a dividend. Symantec pays out 25.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Symantec and Tyler Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Symantec $4.73 billion 3.17 $31.00 million $1.17 20.74
Tyler Technologies $935.28 million 10.63 $147.46 million $3.74 68.89

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

Profitability

This table compares Symantec and Tyler Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Symantec 2.43% 14.94% 5.33%
Tyler Technologies 12.96% 11.44% 8.42%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.6% of Symantec shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.7% of Tyler Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of Symantec shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.4% of Tyler Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Symantec and Tyler Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Symantec 0 12 2 0 2.14
Tyler Technologies 0 2 6 0 2.75

Symantec presently has a consensus target price of $22.73, suggesting a potential downside of 6.32%. Tyler Technologies has a consensus target price of $251.43, suggesting a potential downside of 2.41%. Given Tyler Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Tyler Technologies is more favorable than Symantec.

Volatility and Risk

Symantec has a beta of 1.3, indicating that its share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tyler Technologies has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Tyler Technologies beats Symantec on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Symantec Company Profile

Symantec Corporation provides cybersecurity products, services, and solutions worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Enterprise Security and Consumer Digital Safety. The Enterprise Security segment provides endpoint and information protection products, including endpoint security, advanced threat protection, and information protection solutions and their related support services; and network and Web security products, such as network security, Web security, and cloud security solutions and their related support services. It also offers consulting, premium support, and cyber security services. The Consumer Digital Safety segment provides Norton Security solutions as a subscription service providing protection for devices against malware, viruses, adware, and ransomware on various platforms; and LifeLock identity theft protection solution that provides identity monitoring, alerts, and restoration to its customers, as well as Norton Wi-Fi Privacy services. The company serves business, government, and public-sector customers; small, medium, and large enterprises; and individuals, households, and small businesses. It markets and sells its products and related services through direct sales force, direct marketing and co-marketing programs, e-commerce and telesales platforms, distributors, Internet-based resellers, system builders, Internet service providers, employee benefits providers, wireless carriers, retailers, original equipment manufacturers, and retail and online stores. Symantec Corporation has strategic alliance with Ernst & Young LLP to help organizations address intellectual property and data, as well as manage cyber risk. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Tyler Technologies Company Profile

Tyler Technologies, Inc. provides integrated information management solutions and services for the public sector in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Enterprise Software, and Appraisal and Tax. It offers financial management solutions, including modular fund accounting systems for government agencies or not-for-profit entities; utility billing systems for the billing and collection of metered and non-metered services; products to automate city and county functions, such as municipal courts, parking tickets, equipment and project costing, animal and business licenses, permits and inspections, code enforcement, citizen complaint tracking, ambulance billing, fleet maintenance, and cemetery records management; and student information and transportation solutions for K-12 schools. The company also provides a suite of judicial solutions comprising court case management, court and law enforcement, prosecutor, and supervision systems to handle multi-jurisdictional county or statewide implementations, and single county systems; public safety software solutions; systems and software to automate the appraisal and assessment of real and personal property, as well as tax applications for agencies that bill and collect taxes; planning, regulatory, and maintenance software solutions for public sector agencies; software applications to enhance and automate land and other records and document management; and data and insights solutions. In addition, it offers software as a service arrangements and electronic document filing solutions for courts and law offices; software and hardware installation, data conversion, training, product modification, and maintenance and support services; and property appraisal outsourcing services for taxing jurisdictions. The company was founded in 1966 and is based in Plano, Texas.

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