Interactive Intelligence Group (NASDAQ: ININ) and Radware (NASDAQ:RDWR) are both technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

83.2% of Interactive Intelligence Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.6% of Radware shares are held by institutional investors. 21.4% of Interactive Intelligence Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.6% of Radware shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Interactive Intelligence Group and Radware’s gross revenue, earnings per share 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
Radware $198.44 million 3.82 -$1.17 million ($0.29) -59.66

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

Volatility and Risk

Interactive Intelligence Group has a beta of 1.89, suggesting that its share price is 89% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Radware has a beta of 1.1, suggesting that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Interactive Intelligence Group and Radware’s 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%
Radware -6.41% -2.14% -1.49%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Interactive Intelligence Group and Radware, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Interactive Intelligence Group 0 5 1 0 2.17
Radware 0 1 5 0 2.83

Interactive Intelligence Group currently has a consensus price target of $46.00, indicating a potential downside of 23.97%. Radware has a consensus price target of $18.75, indicating a potential upside of 8.38%. Given Radware’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Radware is more favorable than Interactive Intelligence Group.

Summary

Radware beats Interactive Intelligence Group on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Interactive Intelligence Group

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.

About Radware

Radware Ltd. is a provider of cyber security and application delivery solutions. The Company’s solutions incorporate Distributed Denial of Service protection, Web application firewall (WAF) and Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) technologies to enable its customers to provide cyber-attack mitigation solutions for a range of applications. The Company’s products and activities are focused on protecting against cyber-attacks and ensuring optimal application service level for enterprises’ and carriers’ data centers. Its solutions include application and network security, and application delivery. Its application and network Security products include DefensePro Attack Mitigation Device, AppWall Web Application Firewall, DefenseFlow Cyber Command and Control application, and DefensePipe Cloud Scrubbing Service. Its application delivery products include Alteon NG, LinkProof NG and FastView. Its management solutions include APSolute Vision, application performance monitoring and vDirect.

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