Comparing 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) & Paycom Software (NYSE:PAYC)

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) and Paycom Software (NYSE:PAYC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for 3D Systems and Paycom Software, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
3D Systems 2 4 1 0 1.86
Paycom Software 0 9 5 0 2.36

3D Systems currently has a consensus target price of $10.42, indicating a potential upside of 52.51%. Paycom Software has a consensus target price of $216.62, indicating a potential downside of 10.27%. Given 3D Systems’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe 3D Systems is more favorable than Paycom Software.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

70.3% of 3D Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.2% of Paycom Software shares are held by institutional investors. 3.3% of 3D Systems shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.1% of Paycom Software shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

3D Systems has a beta of 1.94, meaning that its share price is 94% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Paycom Software has a beta of 1.59, meaning that its share price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares 3D Systems and Paycom Software’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
3D Systems -9.78% -8.98% -5.84%
Paycom Software 23.93% 38.25% 8.50%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares 3D Systems and Paycom Software’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
3D Systems $687.66 million 1.17 -$45.51 million ($0.37) -18.46
Paycom Software $566.34 million 24.90 $137.06 million $2.18 110.74

Paycom Software has lower revenue, but higher earnings than 3D Systems. 3D Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Paycom Software, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Paycom Software beats 3D Systems on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

3D Systems Company Profile

3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides three-dimensional (3D) printing products and services worldwide. The company offers 3D printers, such as stereolithography, selective laser sintering, direct metal printing, multi jet printing, and color jet printers that transform data input generated by 3D design software, CAD software, or other 3D design tools into printed parts under the Accura, DuraForm, LaserForm, CastForm, and VisiJet brand names. It also develops, blends, and markets various print materials, such as plastic, nylon, metal, composite, elastomeric, wax, polymeric dental, and Class IV bio-compatible materials. In addition, the company provides digital design tools, including software, scanners, and haptic devices, as well as products for product design, mold and die design, 3D scan-to-print, reverse engineering, production machining, metrology, and inspection. Further, it offers 3D Sprint and 3DXpert, a proprietary software to prepare and optimize CAD data and manage the additive manufacturing processes, which provides automated support building and placement, build platform management, and print queue management; and 3D virtual reality simulators and simulator modules for medical applications, as well as digitizing scanners for medical and mechanical applications. Additionally, the company provides warranty, maintenance, and training services; on-demand manufacturing solutions; and software and precision healthcare services. It primarily serves companies and small and midsize businesses in medical, dental, automotive, aerospace, durable good, government, defense, technology, jewelry, electronic, education, consumer good, energy, and other industries through direct sales force, as well as partner channels and distributors. 3D Systems Corporation was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Paycom Software Company Profile

Paycom Software, Inc. provides cloud-based human capital management (HCM) software service for small to mid-sized companies in the United States. It provides functionality and data analytics that businesses need to manage the employment life cycle from recruitment to retirement. The company's HCM solution offers a suite of applications in the areas of talent acquisition, including applicant tracking, candidate tracker, background checks, on-boarding, e-verify, and tax credit services; and time and labor management, such as time and attendance, scheduling/schedule exchange, time-off requests, labor allocation, labor management reports/push reporting, and geofencing/geotracking. Its HCM solution also provides payroll applications comprising payroll and tax management, Paycom pay, expense management, garnishment management, mileage tracker/fixed and variable rates, and GL concierge applications; and talent management applications that include employee self-service, compensation budgeting, performance management, executive dashboard, and Paycom learning and course content. In addition, the company's HCM solution offers HR management applications, which comprise document and task management, government and compliance, benefits administration/benefits to carrier, COBRA administration, personnel action forms, surveys, and affordable care act applications. Paycom Software, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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