Contrasting Citrix Systems (CTXS) & Its Rivals

Citrix Systems (NASDAQ: CTXS) is one of 118 public companies in the “Software” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Citrix Systems to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Citrix Systems 15.08% 31.07% 11.53%
Citrix Systems Competitors -43.44% -25.23% -9.94%

Volatility & Risk

Citrix Systems has a beta of 1.49, suggesting that its share price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Citrix Systems’ rivals have a beta of 0.98, suggesting that their average share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Citrix Systems and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Citrix Systems 2 9 8 0 2.32
Citrix Systems Competitors 262 1998 4255 84 2.63

Citrix Systems presently has a consensus price target of $89.60, suggesting a potential upside of 10.21%. As a group, “Software” companies have a potential upside of 4.43%. Given Citrix Systems’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Citrix Systems is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.6% of Citrix Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.4% of shares of all “Software” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Citrix Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 20.0% of shares of all “Software” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Citrix Systems $3.44 billion $987.12 million 27.37
Citrix Systems Competitors $1.49 billion $438.76 million 40.78

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


Citrix Systems beats its rivals 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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