Barracuda Networks (NYSE: CUDA) and GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

66.0% of Barracuda Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.0% of GoDaddy shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.9% of Barracuda Networks shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.7% of GoDaddy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Barracuda Networks and GoDaddy’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Barracuda Networks $360.17 million 3.78 $36.87 million $0.19 135.11
GoDaddy $2.01 billion 2.41 $238.50 million $0.14 311.50

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

Volatility and Risk

Barracuda Networks has a beta of 3.27, indicating that its stock price is 227% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GoDaddy has a beta of 0.62, indicating that its stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Barracuda Networks and GoDaddy, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Barracuda Networks 1 5 10 0 2.56
GoDaddy 0 3 11 0 2.79

Barracuda Networks currently has a consensus target price of $26.64, indicating a potential upside of 3.79%. GoDaddy has a consensus target price of $47.92, indicating a potential upside of 9.88%. Given GoDaddy’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe GoDaddy is more favorable than Barracuda Networks.

Profitability

This table compares Barracuda Networks and GoDaddy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Barracuda Networks 2.81% -1,770.56% 3.79%
GoDaddy 1.21% 6.05% 0.91%

Summary

GoDaddy beats Barracuda Networks on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Barracuda Networks Company Profile

Barracuda Networks, Inc. designs and delivers security and data protection solutions. The Company offers cloud-enabled solutions that enable customers to address security threats, manage network performance, and protect and store their data. Its solutions are designed to manage information technology operations for its customers. Its security solutions include Barracuda Email Security, The Barracuda Web Security Gateway, Barracuda NextGen Firewalls, The Barracuda Web Application Firewall, The Barracuda Load Balancer ADC and The Barracuda SSL VPN. Its data protection solutions provide solutions for on-premises and cloud-based archiving and backup. Its data protection solutions include Barracuda Backup, Barracuda Message Archiver and CudaSign. Its solution suites combine its security and data protection offerings into services designed for cloud platforms and managed services environments. Its solution suites include Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 and Intronis ECHOplatform.

GoDaddy Company Profile

GoDaddy Inc. is a technology provider to small businesses, Web design professionals and individuals. The Company delivers cloud-based products and personalized customer care. It operates a domain marketplace, where its customers can find the digital real estate that matches their idea. It provides Website building, hosting and security tools to help customers construct and protect online presence. It provides applications that enable connecting to customers and managing businesses. The Company provides search, discovery and recommendation tools, as well as a selection of domain name for ventures. It provides productivity tools, such as domain-specific e-mail, online storage, invoicing, bookkeeping and payment solutions to run ventures, as well as marketing products. The Company’s products, including GoCentral enable to build a Website or online store for both desktop and mobile. Its products are powered by a cloud platform and enable its customers to get found online.

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