Symantec Corporation (SYMC) vs. Twilio (TWLO) Head to Head Analysis

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) and Twilio (NYSE:TWLO) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Symantec Corporation and Twilio, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Symantec Corporation 2 14 11 0 2.33
Twilio 1 2 14 0 2.76

Symantec Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $31.33, suggesting a potential downside of 1.78%. Twilio has a consensus target price of $38.13, suggesting a potential upside of 18.72%. Given Twilio’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Twilio is more favorable than Symantec Corporation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Symantec Corporation and Twilio’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Symantec Corporation $4.31 billion 4.54 $714.00 million ($0.61) -52.29
Twilio $336.73 million 8.77 -$34.74 million ($0.52) -61.77

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

Volatility & Risk

Symantec Corporation has a beta of 1.12, suggesting that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Twilio has a beta of 3.24, suggesting that its share price is 224% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Symantec Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Twilio does not pay a dividend. Symantec Corporation pays out -49.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.7% of Symantec Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.1% of Twilio shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Symantec Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Symantec Corporation and Twilio’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Symantec Corporation -8.68% 10.73% 2.33%
Twilio -13.42% -15.40% -12.25%

Summary

Symantec Corporation beats Twilio on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Symantec Corporation

Symantec Corporation is a United States-based cyber security company. The Company offers products under categories, such as threat protection, information protection, cyber security services and Website security. Under threat protection, it offers Advanced Threat Protection, Endpoint Protection, Endpoint Protection Cloud, IT Management Suite, Email Security.Cloud, Data Center Security and Cloud Workload Protection products. Under the information protection category, it offers Data Loss Prevention, Encryption, Managed PKI, Service, VIP Access Manager, and Data Loss Prevention and CloudSOC products. The Company also offers consulting services, customer success services, cyber security services and education services. Its cyber security services include DeepSight Intelligence software, which provides an analysis of attacks. The Company offers the Blue Coat Security Platform, which provides Web security solutions for global enterprises and governments.

About Twilio

Twilio Inc. offers Cloud Communications Platform, which enables developers to build, scale and operate real-time communications within software applications. The Company’s platform consists of Programmable Communications Cloud, Super Network and Business Model for Innovators. Its Programmable Communications Cloud software enables developers to embed voice, messaging, video and authentication capabilities into their applications through its Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Its Programmable Communications Cloud offers building blocks that enable its customers to build what they need. Its Programmable Communications Cloud includes Programmable Voice, Programmable Messaging, Programmable Video and Use Case APIs. The Super Network is its software layer that allows its customers’ software to communicate with connected devices globally. It interconnects with communications networks around the world.

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