AVG Technologies NV (NYSE: AVG) and CyberArk Software (NASDAQ:CYBR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares AVG Technologies NV and CyberArk Software’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AVG Technologies NV 6.62% 29.61% 4.38%
CyberArk Software 11.93% 9.13% 6.77%

Volatility & Risk

AVG Technologies NV has a beta of 1.08, meaning that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CyberArk Software has a beta of 2.58, meaning that its share price is 158% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares AVG Technologies NV and CyberArk Software’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AVG Technologies NV N/A N/A N/A $0.87 28.79
CyberArk Software $235.84 million 5.26 $35.17 million $0.78 53.74

CyberArk Software has higher revenue and earnings than AVG Technologies NV. AVG Technologies NV is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CyberArk Software, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for AVG Technologies NV and CyberArk Software, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AVG Technologies NV 0 0 0 0 N/A
CyberArk Software 1 8 10 0 2.47

CyberArk Software has a consensus target price of $49.94, indicating a potential upside of 19.13%. Given CyberArk Software’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe CyberArk Software is more favorable than AVG Technologies NV.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

80.5% of AVG Technologies NV shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.7% of CyberArk Software shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

CyberArk Software beats AVG Technologies NV on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

AVG Technologies NV Company Profile

AVG Technologies N.V. provides software and online services. The Company operates through two segments: Consumer and small and medium sized business (SMB). Its product portfolio includes AVG Anti-Virus FREE, AVG Anti-Virus, AVG Internet Security, AVG Protection FREE suite, AVG Protection PRO suite, AVG Performance suite, Gallery, AVG Cleaner for Mac, AVG Driver Updater, AVG Web TuneUp, Alarm Clock Xtreme FREE + Timer, AVG Cleaner-Xperia and HideMyPhone, among others. Its location labs mobile solutions include AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Smart Limits, T-Mobile FamilyWhere, Verizon FamilyBase, Safely Go and Aqui Estoy. Its AVG CloudCare Products include AVG Remote IT, AVG Anti-Virus, AVG Content Filtering, AVG Cloud Backup and AVG Email Security. Its Norman solutions include Norman Antivirus, Norman Security Suite, Norman Security Suite PRO, Norman Endpoint Protection, Norman Email Protection, Norman Security Portal, Norman SecureMail and Norman SecureSurf.

CyberArk Software Company Profile

CyberArk Software Ltd is an Israel-based provider of information technology (IT) security solutions that protects organizations from cyber-attacks. The Company’s software solutions are focused on protecting privileged accounts, which have become a critical target in the lifecycle of cyber-attacks. The Company’s Privileged Account Security Solution consists of various products, such as Shares Technology Platform, Enterprise Password Vault, SSH Key Manager, Privileged Session Manager, Privileged Threat Analytics, Application Identity Manager, CyberArk-Conjur, Endpoint Privilege Manager and On-Demand Privileges Manager. The Company’s products provide protection against external and internal cyber threats and enables detection and neutralization of attacks. The Company’s Enterprise Password Vault provides customers with a tool to manage and protect all privileged accounts across an entire organization, including physical, virtual or cloud-based assets.

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