Comparing Citrix Systems (CTXS) and The Competition

Citrix Systems (NASDAQ: CTXS) is one of 125 public companies in the “Software” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Citrix Systems to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.3% of Citrix Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.8% of shares of all “Software” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Citrix Systems shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 19.3% of shares of all “Software” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Citrix Systems has a beta of 1.39, meaning that its share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Citrix Systems’ peers have a beta of 0.90, meaning that their average share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Citrix Systems and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Citrix Systems 1 6 8 0 2.47
Citrix Systems Competitors 275 2078 4400 86 2.63

Citrix Systems presently has a consensus target price of $89.50, suggesting a potential upside of 5.42%. As a group, “Software” companies have a potential upside of 2.83%. Given Citrix Systems’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Citrix Systems is more favorable than its peers.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Citrix Systems 15.67% 31.32% 11.35%
Citrix Systems Competitors -44.10% -25.51% -9.42%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Citrix Systems and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Citrix Systems $3.42 billion $536.11 million 28.78
Citrix Systems Competitors $2.28 billion $423.93 million 417.61

Citrix Systems has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Citrix Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


Citrix Systems beats its peers on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

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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