Tyler Technologies (NYSE: TYL) and FireEye (NASDAQ:FEYE) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Tyler Technologies and FireEye’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tyler Technologies 14.73% 13.02% 8.94%
FireEye -46.37% -26.21% -9.23%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.5% of Tyler Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.6% of FireEye shares are held by institutional investors. 10.3% of Tyler Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of FireEye shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Tyler Technologies has a beta of 0.95, suggesting that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FireEye has a beta of 0.57, suggesting that its stock price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Tyler Technologies and FireEye’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tyler Technologies $796.44 million 7.99 $175.52 million $3.02 56.46
FireEye $730.32 million 4.28 -$161.27 million ($2.00) -8.57

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Tyler Technologies and FireEye, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tyler Technologies 0 0 5 0 3.00
FireEye 0 19 12 0 2.39

Tyler Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $191.50, indicating a potential upside of 12.32%. FireEye has a consensus target price of $16.43, indicating a potential downside of 4.15%. Given Tyler Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Tyler Technologies is more favorable than FireEye.

Summary

Tyler Technologies beats FireEye on 12 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Tyler Technologies

Tyler Technologies, Inc. is a provider of information management solutions and services for the public sector, with a focus on local governments. The Company operates through two segments: Enterprise Software (ES) segment and The Appraisal and Tax (A&T) segment. ES segment provides municipal and county governments and schools with software systems and services for information technology and automation needs that includes back-office functions, such as financial management, courts and justice processes, public safety, planning regulatory and maintenance, and land and vital records management. A&T segment provides systems and software that automate the appraisal and assessment of real and personal property, as well as property appraisal outsourcing services for local governments and taxing authorities.

About FireEye

FireEye, Inc. provides intelligence-based cybersecurity solutions that allow organizations to prepare for, prevent, respond to and remediate cyber-attacks. The Company offers various products, such as Threat Detection and Prevention Solutions, which include network security products (NX and Multi-vector Virtual Execution (MVX) Compute Node Series), e-mail security products (EX Series and e-mail threat prevention cloud (ETP), endpoint security products (HX Series) and content security products (FX Series); security management and orchestration products, which include Central Management System and FireEye Security Orchestrator, and forensics and investigation products, which include Threat Analytics Platform (TAP), Malware Analysis (AX Series) and Enterprise Forensics (PX Series and IA Series). Its Subscription and Services offers Threat Intelligence Subscriptions, Security-as-a-Service Offerings, and Customer Support and Maintenance Services.

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