Analyzing Forescout Technologies (FSCT) and ACI Worldwide (ACIW)

Forescout Technologies (NASDAQ: FSCT) and ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ:ACIW) are both technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Forescout Technologies and ACI Worldwide, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Forescout Technologies 0 2 3 0 2.60
ACI Worldwide 0 1 2 0 2.67

Forescout Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $30.25, indicating a potential downside of 5.14%. ACI Worldwide has a consensus price target of $25.50, indicating a potential upside of 13.59%. Given ACI Worldwide’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe ACI Worldwide is more favorable than Forescout Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Forescout Technologies and ACI Worldwide’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Forescout Technologies N/A N/A N/A
ACI Worldwide 3.72% 11.02% 4.55%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Forescout Technologies and ACI Worldwide’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Forescout Technologies $166.84 million 7.25 -$74.77 million ($1.93) -16.52
ACI Worldwide $1.01 billion 2.65 $129.53 million $0.32 70.16

ACI Worldwide has higher revenue and earnings than Forescout Technologies. Forescout Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ACI Worldwide, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

ACI Worldwide beats Forescout Technologies on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Forescout Technologies Company Profile

ForeScout Technologies, Inc. is a United States-based provider of automated security control solutions. The Company transforms security through visibility. It offers enterprises and government organizations the ability to see devices, including non-traditional devices, the instant they connect to the network. It allows the user to control these devices and orchestrate information sharing and operation among disparate security tools to accelerate incident response. Its products include CounterACT Platform, CounterACT Models, Extended Integration Modules, Open Integration Module and Other Products. Its solutions integrate with network, security, mobility and information technology (IT) management products to automate workflows. The Company’s solutions include Network Access Control; Endpoint Compliance; Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) & Mobile Security for Enterprise; Vulnerability Management, Policy and Solutions, and Advanced Network Threat Prevention and Cyber Defense Solutions.

ACI Worldwide Company Profile

ACI Worldwide, Inc. develops, markets, installs and supports a line of software products and services primarily focused on facilitating electronic payments. The Company also distributes or acts as a sales agent for software developed by third parties. Its products and services are used principally by financial institutions, retailers, billers and electronic payment processors, both in domestic and international markets. The Company’s products are sold and supported through distribution networks covering three geographic regions, including the Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and Asia/Pacific. The Company’s products and services are used by a range of transaction-generating endpoints, including automated teller machines (ATM), retail merchant point-of-sale (POS) terminals, bank branches, corporations and Internet commerce sites. The Company provides payment solutions to financial institutions globally for both retail banking and transaction banking services.

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