Financial Survey: Accenture PLC (ACN) vs. Premiere Global Services (PGI)

Accenture PLC (NYSE: ACN) and Premiere Global Services (NYSE:PGI) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Accenture PLC pays an annual dividend of $2.42 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Premiere Global Services does not pay a dividend. Accenture PLC pays out 42.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Accenture PLC has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Accenture PLC and Premiere Global Services’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Accenture PLC $34.19 billion 2.44 $5.80 billion $5.64 23.90
Premiere Global Services N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Accenture PLC has higher revenue and earnings than Premiere Global Services.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Accenture PLC and Premiere Global Services, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Accenture PLC 1 8 13 0 2.55
Premiere Global Services 0 0 0 0 N/A

Accenture PLC currently has a consensus price target of $132.00, suggesting a potential downside of 2.06%. Given Accenture PLC’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Accenture PLC is more favorable than Premiere Global Services.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

77.8% of Accenture PLC shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Accenture PLC shares are held by 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 Accenture PLC and Premiere Global Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Accenture PLC 9.92% 43.96% 18.02%
Premiere Global Services 2.45% 5.62% 1.81%

Summary

Accenture PLC beats Premiere Global Services on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Accenture PLC Company Profile

Accenture plc is a professional services company serving clients in various industries and in geographic regions, including North America, Europe and Growth Markets. The Company provides management and technology consulting services. Its segments include Communications, Media and Technology; Financial Services; Health and Public Service; Products, and Resources. The Communications, Media & Technology segment serves communications, electronics, technology, media and entertainment industries. The Financial Services segment serves banking, capital markets and insurance industries. The Health & Public service segment serves healthcare payers and providers, and government departments and agencies, public service organizations, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. The Products segment serves a set of interconnected consumer-relevant industries. The Resources segment serves chemicals, energy, forest products, metals and mining, utilities and related industries.

Premiere Global Services Company Profile

Premiere Global Services, Inc. is a United States-based company that provides collaboration software and services. The Company’s products include iMeet, iMeet Sales Accelerator, iMeetLive, iMeet Video Room Connector (VRC), iMeet Agenday, iMeet Central, GlobalMeet, GlobalMeet Audio and GlobalMeet Webinar. It offers solutions for sales professionals, marketing, information technology (IT) professionals, small business, enterprise and partners. iMeet enables online meetings and virtual collaboration. iMeet Sales Accelerator is collaboration software. iMeetLive lets the user create and host custom Webinars with live or on-demand events. iMeet VRC integrates into room-based video conferencing system providing solution for all video, Web and audio conferencing needs. iMeet Agenday is an online calendar application, which displays all meetings, and provides access to Web meetings and conference calls. iMeet Central is an online marketing collaboration platform for project management.

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