Qlik Technologies (NASDAQ: QLIK) and Citrix Systems (NASDAQ:CTXS) are both technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.5% of Citrix Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Citrix Systems shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Qlik Technologies and Citrix Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Qlik Technologies -3.72% -7.44% -4.12%
Citrix Systems 15.67% 31.32% 11.35%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Qlik Technologies and Citrix Systems’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Qlik Technologies N/A N/A N/A ($0.29) -105.17
Citrix Systems $3.42 billion 3.86 $536.11 million $3.22 27.21

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Qlik Technologies and Citrix Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Qlik Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Citrix Systems 1 7 8 0 2.44

Citrix Systems has a consensus price target of $89.50, suggesting a potential upside of 2.13%. Given Citrix Systems’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Citrix Systems is more favorable than Qlik Technologies.

Summary

Citrix Systems beats Qlik Technologies on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Qlik Technologies

Zoona is a Zambia-based financial technology company. The Company provides the technology and business support to over 1,000 entrepreneurs across Africa, enabling them to start their own business. The Company offers Kiva, which is a crowd-lending platform. The Company’s mobile money platform enables over 1,000 entrepreneurs to become Zoona Agents. The Company uses its technology to provide financial services to serve various financial communities across Africa.

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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