Jive Software (NASDAQ: JIVE) and Okta (NASDAQ:OKTA) are both technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.4% of Jive Software shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 13.4% of Okta shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.7% of Jive Software shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Jive Software and Okta, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Jive Software 0 1 0 0 2.00
Okta 0 3 6 0 2.67

Jive Software presently has a consensus target price of $5.25, indicating a potential upside of 0.00%. Okta has a consensus target price of $33.00, indicating a potential upside of 24.34%. Given Okta’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Okta is more favorable than Jive Software.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Jive Software and Okta’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Jive Software N/A N/A N/A ($0.11) -47.73
Okta $160.32 million 16.87 -$83.50 million N/A N/A

Jive Software has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Okta.

Profitability

This table compares Jive Software and Okta’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Jive Software -3.25% -9.97% -2.90%
Okta -46.70% -169.65% -35.59%

Summary

Jive Software beats Okta on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Jive Software Company Profile

Jive Software, Inc. is engaged in providing software sales and services. The Company’s products are sold on a subscription basis, deployable in on-premise, hosted and cloud instances and used for internal or external communities. Its traditional enterprise software product offerings are based on the Jive platform (the Jive Platform), which is a communication and collaboration hub. It sells its Jive Platform across two communities: internally for employees within the enterprise and externally for customers and partners outside the enterprise. It sells its products through a direct sales force, both domestically and internationally. The Jive Platform product offerings are delivered in two configurations, Jive Internal (Jive-n) for employee networks, and Jive External (Jive-x) as a platform for customer and partner communities. The Jive Platform integrates cloud and customer-built applications through published application programing interfaces and software development kits.

Okta Company Profile

Okta, Inc. is a United States-based independent provider of identity for the enterprise. The Company’s Okta Identity Cloud connects and protects employees. It also connects enterprises to their partners, suppliers and customers. The Company offers products, such as Okta information technology (IT) Products and Okta for Developers. Its Okta IT Products include Single Sign-On, Mobility Management, Adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication, Lifecycle Management and Universal Directory. The Okta for Developers include Complete Authentication, User Management, Application Programming Interface (API) Access Management and Developer Tools. The Company offers solutions, such as access applications across multiple domains; cloud applications on mobile devices; connecting to distributor and supplier identities; employee single sign-on (SSO) to applications; employee system of record; secure customer identity management; secure infrastructure and services, and mobile device lifecycle automation.

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