Solera (NYSE: SLH) and Citrix Systems (NASDAQ:CTXS) are both mid-cap technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.2% of Citrix Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Citrix Systems shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Solera pays an annual dividend of $0.90 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Citrix Systems does not pay a dividend. Solera pays out -45.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Citrix Systems has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Solera and Citrix Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Solera 0 0 0 0 N/A
Citrix Systems 1 8 7 0 2.38

Citrix Systems has a consensus target price of $89.00, indicating a potential downside of 1.16%. Given Citrix Systems’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Citrix Systems is more favorable than Solera.

Risk and Volatility

Solera has a beta of 0.26, suggesting that its stock price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Citrix Systems has a beta of 1.4, suggesting that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Solera and Citrix Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Solera N/A N/A N/A ($1.98) -28.20
Citrix Systems $3.42 billion 3.97 $536.11 million $2.95 30.52

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Solera 18.15% N/A 6.01%
Citrix Systems 15.67% 31.32% 11.35%

Summary

Citrix Systems beats Solera on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Solera

Solera Holdings, Inc. is a United States-based company, which is a provider of risk and asset management software and services to the automotive and property marketplace, including the global property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry. The Company is engaged in cognitive technologies for the automotive and home ownership ecosystems. The Company’s solutions and services bring together consumers, insurers, banks, governments, manufacturers, owners, wholesalers, retailers, and service and repair industries, into digitally unified ecosystems that enable the management, protection and security of assets throughout their lifecycles. The Company’s product platforms include Audatex, AutoPoint, CAP/HPI, Digidentity, Explore Data, Hollander, Identifix, Inpart and TitleTec, as well as the company’s application, Digital Garage. The Company processes over 240 million transactions annually for approximately 200,000 partners in approximately 80 countries.

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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