Head-To-Head Comparison: Nice (NICE) vs. Citrix Systems (CTXS)

Nice (NASDAQ: NICE) and Citrix Systems (NASDAQ:CTXS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.


Nice pays an annual dividend of $0.13 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Citrix Systems does not pay a dividend. Nice pays out 8.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Nice has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Citrix Systems has a beta of 1.34, suggesting that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Nice and Citrix Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nice 0 4 3 0 2.43
Citrix Systems 2 8 8 0 2.33

Nice currently has a consensus price target of $89.67, indicating a potential upside of 3.53%. Citrix Systems has a consensus price target of $91.31, indicating a potential upside of 6.49%. Given Citrix Systems’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Citrix Systems is more favorable than Nice.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

44.9% of Nice shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.8% of Citrix Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of Nice shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of Citrix Systems shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nice $1.02 billion 5.12 $116.92 million $1.46 59.32
Citrix Systems $2.82 billion 4.57 -$20.71 million ($0.24) -357.29

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


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nice 7.12% 9.71% 5.72%
Citrix Systems -0.73% 38.56% 11.52%


Citrix Systems beats Nice on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Nice Company Profile

NICE Ltd., formerly NICE-Systems Ltd., is a global enterprise software provider. The Company’s segments include Customer Interactions Solutions, and Financial Crime and Compliance Solutions. The Customer Interactions Solutions segment provides data driven insights that enable businesses to deliver personalized experience to customers. The Financial Crime and Compliance Solutions segment provides real time and cross-channel fraud prevention, anti-money laundering, brokerage compliance and enterprise-wide case management. The Company serves contact centers, back office operations and retail branches, covering various industries, including communications, banking, insurance, healthcare, business processes outsourcing (BPO), government, utilities, travel and entertainment. Its Multi-Channel Recording and Interaction Management enables organizations to capture structured and unstructured customer interaction and transaction data from multiple channels.

Citrix Systems Company Profile

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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