Mulesoft (NASDAQ: MULE) and Zendesk (NYSE:ZEN) are both technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends, profitabiliy, risk and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Mulesoft and Zendesk’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mulesoft N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Zendesk $336.55 million 8.24 -$83.71 million ($1.09) -25.72

Mulesoft has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Zendesk.

Profitability

This table compares Mulesoft and Zendesk’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mulesoft -16.65% -155.59% -12.89%
Zendesk -30.79% -31.90% -20.48%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.1% of Zendesk shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.3% of Zendesk shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Mulesoft and Zendesk, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mulesoft 0 7 3 0 2.30
Zendesk 0 2 12 0 2.86

Mulesoft currently has a consensus price target of $26.00, suggesting a potential upside of 4.84%. Zendesk has a consensus price target of $32.82, suggesting a potential upside of 17.08%. Given Zendesk’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Zendesk is more favorable than Mulesoft.

Summary

Zendesk beats Mulesoft on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Mulesoft Company Profile

MuleSoft, Inc. is engaged in providing a software platform that connects a range of technologies. The Company enables organizations to manage and secure the flow of data between all systems in the enterprise. The Company offers organizations to create agile infrastructures. The Company has developed Anypoint Platform. The Company’s customers use its Anypoint Platform to connect their applications, data, and devices into an application network where systems are pluggable instead of glued together with custom integration code. The application network enables a self-serve infrastructure through discoverable building blocks, or nodes, that can be used and reused to rapidly compose applications. With an application network built with Anypoint Platform, organizations can transform into composable enterprises.

Zendesk Company Profile

Zendesk, Inc. (Zendesk) is a software development company. The Zendesk family of products is built to work together to help organizations understand and manage customer relationships. All Zendesk products share a common interface and are being developed to support a shared services infrastructure and common customer data platform. Zendesk’s products are developed using agile software techniques, and are designed to incorporate and innovate on customer feedback obtained through beta and Early Access Programs (EAPs). Its family of products includes Zendesk Support, Zendesk Chat, Zendesk Talk, Zendesk Help Center, Zendesk Message, Zendesk Explore and Zendesk Connect. Zendesk’s developer platform allows organizations to extend the functionality of its family of products and customize the experience for their employees and customers. Key components of Zendesk’s developer platform include Zendesk Embeddables, Zendesk application program interfaces (APIs) and Zendesk Applications.

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