ANSYS (ANSS) versus NCC Group (NCCGF) Critical Comparison

NCC Group (OTCMKTS:NCCGF) and ANSYS (NASDAQ:ANSS) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.2% of ANSYS shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of ANSYS shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for NCC Group and ANSYS, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NCC Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
ANSYS 1 5 10 0 2.56

ANSYS has a consensus price target of $179.92, indicating a potential downside of 3.58%. Given ANSYS’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe ANSYS is more favorable than NCC Group.

Volatility & Risk

NCC Group has a beta of -0.08, suggesting that its share price is 108% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ANSYS has a beta of 1.35, suggesting that its share price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NCC Group N/A N/A N/A
ANSYS 32.42% 17.83% 14.62%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares NCC Group and ANSYS’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NCC Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
ANSYS $1.29 billion 12.10 $419.38 million $5.21 35.81

ANSYS has higher revenue and earnings than NCC Group.

Summary

ANSYS beats NCC Group on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

NCC Group Company Profile

NCC Group plc provides cyber security and risk mitigation services in the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe, and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Escrow and Assurance. It offers software escrow solutions that include escrow agreements, software verification, secure verification, software as a service assured, Internet corporation for assigned names and numbers compliance, and software risk assessment solutions. The company also provides cyber security services, such as penetration testing and security assessments, managed detection and response, vulnerability discovery and management, compliance and accreditations, risk management, products and cloud services, technology solutions, threat intelligence, and specialist practices; and Web performance solutions, including performance review, mobile performance review, third-party tag review, performance workshop, digital performance management, digital performance strategy, and Web performance testing services. It serves customers in transport industry that include automotive, maritime, aerospace, and rail; and oil and gas, Internet of Thing, finance, small business, and retail sectors. NCC Group plc was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Manchester, the United Kingdom.

ANSYS Company Profile

ANSYS, Inc. develops and markets engineering simulation software and services worldwide. The company offers ANSYS Workbench, a framework upon which the company's engineering simulation technologies are built; ANSYS multiphysics software to simulate the interactions between structures, heat transfer, fluids, and electronics in a unified engineering simulation environment; and structural analysis product suite that provides simulation tools for product design and optimization. It also provides fluids product suite that enables modeling of fluid flow and other related physical phenomena; and electromagnetics product suite, which provides field simulation software for designing electronic. In addition, the company offers power analysis and optimization software suite that manages the power budget, power delivery integrity, and power-induced noise in an electronic design; SCADE product suite, a solution for embedded software simulation, code production, and automated certification; system simulation capability for the design of automated products; and high-performance computing product suite, which delivers cross-physics parallel processing capabilities for simulation software. Further, it provides Discovery product family for use in the simulation of product design; academic product suite with a portfolio of academic products based on associate, research, and teaching; ANSYS Fluent that enhance workflow process; and ANSYS medini analyze, a suite for functional safety analysis. The company serves engineers, designers, researchers, and students in the aerospace and defense, automotive, electronics, semiconductors, energy, materials and chemical processing, turbomachinery, consumer products, healthcare, and sports industries and academia. ANSYS, Inc. was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

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