Acxiom (NASDAQ: ACXM) and F5 Networks (NASDAQ:FFIV) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, valuation, dividends and risk.
Risk and Volatility
Acxiom has a beta of 1.19, suggesting that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, F5 Networks has a beta of 1.01, suggesting that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Acxiom and F5 Networks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
99.0% of Acxiom shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.3% of F5 Networks shares are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of Acxiom shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of F5 Networks shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Acxiom and F5 Networks, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Acxiom currently has a consensus target price of $35.33, suggesting a potential upside of 10.87%. F5 Networks has a consensus target price of $139.32, suggesting a potential downside of 6.10%. Given Acxiom’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Acxiom is more favorable than F5 Networks.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Acxiom and F5 Networks’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Acxiom||$880.25 million||2.86||$4.10 million||$0.12||265.08|
|F5 Networks||$2.09 billion||4.39||$420.76 million||$6.50||22.80|
F5 Networks has higher revenue and earnings than Acxiom. F5 Networks is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Acxiom, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
F5 Networks beats Acxiom on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
Acxiom Company Profile
Acxiom Corporation (Acxiom) is a technology and enablement services company. The Company operates through three business segments: Marketing Services, Audience Solutions, and Connectivity. The Company’s Marketing Services segment helps clients to unify data at individual level. The Audience Solutions segment helps clients to validate the accuracy of their people-based data, enhance it with additional insight and keep it up to date, enabling clients to reach desired audiences with relevant messages. The Connectivity segment activates data and makes it portable across the open marketing ecosystem. The Company serves a global client base from locations in the United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The Company’s client base includes organizations in these regions across industry verticals, including financial, insurance and investment services, automotive, retail, telecommunications, healthcare, travel, entertainment, non-profit and government.
F5 Networks Company Profile
F5 Networks, Inc. is a developer and provider of software defined application services. The Company is engaged in the development, marketing and sale of application delivery networking products that optimize the security, performance and availability of network applications, servers and storage systems. The Company’s geographical segments include the Americas (primarily the United States); Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); Japan, and the Asia Pacific region (APAC). The Company’s Traffic Management Operating System (TMOS) based offerings include software products for local and global traffic management, network and application security, access management, Web acceleration and various network and application services. These products are available as modules that can run individually or as part of an integrated solution on the Company’s purpose-built BIG-IP appliances and VIPRION chassis-based hardware, or as software-only Virtual Editions.
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