Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, architecture software specialist Autodesk
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Autodesk's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||San Rafael, Calif. (1982)|
|Market Cap||$7.89 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$2.15 billion|
|Management||CEO Carl Bass (since May 2006)
CFO Mark Hawkins (since April 2009)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||7.6%|
|Cash/Debt||$1.34 billion / $0|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
Just last month, hiransaroj tapped the stock as a solid opportunity: "[AutoDesk] has wide moat with enduring customer stickiness. ... Architects and engineers will perpetually use AutoCAD and BIM as standard applications for the construction industry."
Autodesk even boasts $1.34 billion in cash on its balance sheet with zero debt. Meanwhile, rivals Ansys, Parametric, and Sony sport debt-to-equity ratios of 8%, 24%, and 36%, respectively.
CAPS member NHWeston elaborates on the Autodesk bull case:
If it does as well in [cloud computing] as it has in its more traditional areas, it's going to make some good money. What also may happen is that Autodesk will make itself more attractive as a merger or buyout candidate for some larger player interested in a fast ramp-up. Either way, they're gonna make money. I'd buy now.
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