Interactive Intelligence Group (NASDAQ: ININ) and Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ:CHKP) are both technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitabiliy and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

83.2% of Interactive Intelligence Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.4% of Check Point Software Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 21.4% of Interactive Intelligence Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 29.0% of Check Point Software Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Interactive Intelligence Group has a beta of 1.89, indicating that its share price is 89% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Check Point Software Technologies has a beta of 0.73, indicating that its share price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Interactive Intelligence Group and Check Point Software Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Interactive Intelligence Group 0 7 1 0 2.13
Check Point Software Technologies 0 15 16 0 2.52

Interactive Intelligence Group currently has a consensus price target of $51.00, indicating a potential downside of 15.70%. Check Point Software Technologies has a consensus price target of $107.65, indicating a potential downside of 3.40%. Given Check Point Software Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Check Point Software Technologies is more favorable than Interactive Intelligence Group.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Interactive Intelligence Group and Check Point Software Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Interactive Intelligence Group N/A N/A N/A ($1.47) -41.16
Check Point Software Technologies $1.77 billion 10.40 $873.71 million $4.33 25.74

Check Point Software Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Interactive Intelligence Group. Interactive Intelligence Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Check Point Software Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Interactive Intelligence Group and Check Point Software Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Interactive Intelligence Group -4.92% -12.52% -4.48%
Check Point Software Technologies 41.75% 21.53% 14.70%

Summary

Check Point Software Technologies beats Interactive Intelligence Group on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Interactive Intelligence Group Company Profile

Interactive Intelligence Group, Inc. is a provider of software and cloud services for customer engagement, communications and collaboration. The Company operates in the segment of interaction management software solutions licensing and associated services. It offers approximately three types of products, including on-premises software; a single-tenant cloud service, and a multi-tenant cloud service. The Company’s offerings are used across a range of vertical industries, including accounts receivable management, banking, government, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, utilities and retail. Its PureCloud Engage is an omnichannel customer engagement cloud service designed for contact centers of all sizes. Its PureCloud Communicate is a communications and collaboration cloud service for enterprises of all sizes designed to support connected workforce. Its on-premises and single-tenant cloud products are available in approximately 24 languages and deployed in over 125 countries.

Check Point Software Technologies Company Profile

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (Check point) develops, markets and supports a range of products and services for information technology (IT) security. The Company’s products and services are sold to enterprises, service providers, small and medium sized businesses and consumers. It offers enterprises a platform to deploy independent, modular and interoperable security applications (Software Blades), such as firewall, virtual private network (VPN), intrusion prevention system (IPS), Application Control, Anti-Bot, antivirus, data loss prevention (DLP), policy management, event analysis or multi-domain management. The Company offers Software Blades grouped into functional packages to address specific security issues. It has product offerings under these packages, which include Next Generation Firewall, Next Generation Threat Prevention, Next Generation Secure Web Gateway and Next Generation Data Protection.

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