Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX) and Marin Software (NYSE:MRIN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Nutanix and Marin Software’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nutanix $680.55 million 4.91 -$351.39 million N/A N/A
Marin Software $86.01 million 0.48 -$11.61 million ($0.63) -1.67

Marin Software has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Nutanix.

Profitability

This table compares Nutanix and Marin Software’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nutanix -61.32% -5,196.17% -47.92%
Marin Software -28.27% -20.49% -16.75%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

19.6% of Nutanix shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 32.1% of Marin Software shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.8% of Marin Software shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Nutanix and Marin Software, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nutanix 1 5 14 1 2.71
Marin Software 0 1 0 0 2.00

Nutanix presently has a consensus target price of $31.17, suggesting a potential upside of 41.28%. Marin Software has a consensus target price of $2.00, suggesting a potential upside of 90.48%. Given Marin Software’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Marin Software is more favorable than Nutanix.

Summary

Marin Software beats Nutanix on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Nutanix

Nutanix, Inc. is a United States-based company, which provides an enterprise cloud platform that converges silos of server, virtualization and storage into an integrated solution. The Company’s enterprise cloud platform connects to public cloud services. It has operations in the United States; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; Asia-Pacific, and Other Americas. Its solution consists of software product families, including Acropolis and Prism. Its solution is delivered on commodity x86 servers. Acropolis includes its Distributed Storage Fabric that delivers enterprise-grade data management features. Acropolis also includes a built-in hypervisor, and its Application Mobility Fabric that enables application placement, conversion and migration across various hypervisors, and between public and private clouds. Prism delivers integrated virtualization and infrastructure management, operational analytics and a suite of one-click administration capabilities.

About Marin Software

Marin Software Incorporated provides a cross-channel, cross-device, enterprise marketing software platform for search, display and social advertising channels. The Company’s enterprise marketing software platform is offered as an integrated software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution for advertisers and agencies. The Company’s platform enables digital marketers to manage performance of their online advertising campaigns. Its software solution is designed to help its customers measure the effectiveness of their advertising campaigns through its reporting and analytics capabilities; manage and execute campaigns through its user interface and underlying technology that streamlines and automates functions, such as advertisement creation and bidding, across multiple publishers and channels, and optimize campaigns across multiple publishers and channels based on market and business data using its predictive bid management technology.

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