Citrix Systems (NASDAQ: CTXS) is one of 121 publicly-traded companies in the “Software” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Citrix Systems to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.3% of Citrix Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.8% of shares of all “Software” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Citrix Systems shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 19.3% of shares of all “Software” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Citrix Systems and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Citrix Systems 15.67% 31.32% 11.35%
Citrix Systems Competitors -44.10% -25.51% -9.42%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Citrix Systems and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Citrix Systems $3.42 billion $536.11 million 28.81
Citrix Systems Competitors $2.28 billion $423.93 million 11.80

Citrix Systems has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Citrix Systems is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Citrix Systems and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Citrix Systems 1 6 8 0 2.47
Citrix Systems Competitors 277 2088 4416 86 2.63

Citrix Systems currently has a consensus price target of $89.50, suggesting a potential upside of 5.31%. As a group, “Software” companies have a potential downside of 0.68%. Given Citrix Systems’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Citrix Systems is more favorable than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

Citrix Systems has a beta of 1.39, indicating that its share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Citrix Systems’ competitors have a beta of 1.01, indicating that their average share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Citrix Systems beats its competitors on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

About Citrix Systems

Citrix Systems, Inc. offers Enterprise and Service Provider products, which include Workspace Services solutions and Delivery Networking products. The Company’s Enterprise and Service Provider products include Cloud Services solutions, and related license updates and maintenance, support and professional services. The Company’s NetScaler nCore Technology is an architecture that enables execution of multiple packet engines in parallel. The Company’s workspace services include Application Virtualization and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), Enterprise Mobility Management and Citrix Workspace Suite. The Company’s NetScaler ADC is a software-defined application delivery controller (ADC) and load balancer. The Company’s Cloud Services include ShareFile and Citrix Cloud. It provides various ways for customers to receive upgrades, support and maintenance for products, which include Software Maintenance, Subscription Advantage, Technical Support Services and Hardware Maintenance.

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