Reviewing Alphabet Inc Class A (GOOGL) and Pluralsight (NAS…


Alphabet Inc Class A (NASDAQ: PS) and Pluralsight (NASDAQ:PS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Alphabet Inc Class A and Pluralsight, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alphabet Inc Class A 0 4 31 0 2.89
Pluralsight 0 1 6 0 2.86

Alphabet Inc Class A presently has a consensus price target of $1,316.84, suggesting a potential upside of 6.90%. Pluralsight has a consensus price target of $35.75, suggesting a potential upside of 4.62%. Given Alphabet Inc Class A’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Alphabet Inc Class A is more favorable than Pluralsight.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Alphabet Inc Class A and Pluralsight’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alphabet Inc Class A $110.86 billion 7.73 $12.66 billion $32.05 38.43
Pluralsight $166.82 million 27.67 -$96.53 million N/A N/A

Alphabet Inc Class A has higher revenue and earnings than Pluralsight.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

33.6% of Alphabet Inc Class A shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.5% of Pluralsight shares are held by institutional investors. 13.2% of Alphabet Inc Class A shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Alphabet Inc Class A and Pluralsight’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alphabet Inc Class A 13.16% 18.24% 14.32%
Pluralsight N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Alphabet Inc Class A beats Pluralsight on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Alphabet Inc Class A Company Profile

Alphabet Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides online advertising services in the United States and internationally. The company offers performance and brand advertising services. It operates through Google and Other Bets segments. The Google segment includes principal Internet products, such as Ads, Android, Chrome, Commerce, Google Cloud, Google Maps, Google Play, Hardware, Search, and YouTube, as well as technical infrastructure and newer efforts, including Virtual Reality. This segment also offers digital content, enterprise cloud services, and hardware products, as well as other miscellaneous products and services. The Other Bets segment includes businesses, such as Access, Calico, CapitalG, GV, Nest, Verily, Waymo, and X, as well as fiber Internet and Television services. Alphabet Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Pluralsight Company Profile

Pluralsight, Inc. operates a cloud-based technology learning platform worldwide. Its learning platform offers a range of tools, including skill assessment tool, which uses machine learning and advanced algorithms to measure a user’s skills, benchmark that user against others in the industry, and recommend opportunities for growth; and Course Library that include 6,700 on-demand and online courses across a range of technology subject areas, such as cloud, mobile, security, IT, and data. The company’s learning platform also provides Learning Paths that are curated to take users through a set of courses designed to help them master a particular subject area based on either an assessment or a user’s goals; and business analytics tools, which enable business customers to evaluate the technology skills of their teams, align learning to key business objectives, determine the usage of platform, examine trends in skill development, and quantify the impact of platform on their business. It serves individuals and business customers. Pluralsight, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Farmington, Utah.

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