Citrix Systems (NASDAQ: CTXS) and Nuance Communications (NASDAQ:NUAN) are both technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.
This table compares Citrix Systems and Nuance Communications’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This is a summary of recent ratings for Citrix Systems and Nuance Communications, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Citrix Systems presently has a consensus target price of $91.31, suggesting a potential downside of 1.61%. Nuance Communications has a consensus target price of $20.86, suggesting a potential upside of 28.43%. Given Nuance Communications’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Nuance Communications is more favorable than Citrix Systems.
Volatility and Risk
Citrix Systems has a beta of 1.35, meaning that its share price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nuance Communications has a beta of 0.61, meaning that its share price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Citrix Systems and Nuance Communications’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Citrix Systems||$2.82 billion||4.47||-$20.71 million||$2.95||31.46|
|Nuance Communications||$1.98 billion||2.41||-$150.99 million||($0.26)||-62.46|
Citrix Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Nuance Communications. Nuance Communications is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Citrix Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
92.0% of Citrix Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.6% of Nuance Communications shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Citrix Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.7% of Nuance Communications shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Citrix Systems beats Nuance Communications on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
Citrix Systems Company Profile
Citrix Systems, Inc. offers Enterprise and Service Provider products, which include Workspace Services solutions and Delivery Networking products. The Company’s Enterprise and Service Provider products include Cloud Services solutions, and related license updates and maintenance, support and professional services. The Company’s NetScaler nCore Technology is an architecture that enables execution of multiple packet engines in parallel. The Company’s workspace services include Application Virtualization and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), Enterprise Mobility Management and Citrix Workspace Suite. The Company’s NetScaler ADC is a software-defined application delivery controller (ADC) and load balancer. The Company’s Cloud Services include ShareFile and Citrix Cloud. It provides various ways for customers to receive upgrades, support and maintenance for products, which include Software Maintenance, Subscription Advantage, Technical Support Services and Hardware Maintenance.
Nuance Communications Company Profile
Nuance Communications, Inc. is a provider of voice recognition and natural language understanding solutions. The Company’s segments include Healthcare, Mobile, Enterprise and Imaging. The Healthcare segment provides clinical speech and clinical language understanding solutions. The solutions for the Healthcare segment include transcription solutions, Dragon Medical, and clinical document improvement (CDI) and coding solutions. Its Mobile segment provides a portfolio of specialized virtual assistants and connected services. The Enterprise segment provides automated customer solutions and services. The solutions for the Enterprise segment include On-Premise solutions and services, and On-Demand multichannel cloud. The Imaging segment provides software solutions that help professionals and organizations to gain control of their document and information processes. Imaging segment include multi-function printer (MFP) scan automation solutions and MFP Print automation solutions.
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