Citrix Systems (CTXS) and National Instruments Corporation (NATI) Head-To-Head Review

Citrix Systems (NASDAQ: CTXS) and National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ:NATI) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.3% of Citrix Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.5% of National Instruments Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Citrix Systems shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.9% of National Instruments Corporation shares are held 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Citrix Systems and National Instruments Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Citrix Systems 1 7 8 0 2.44
National Instruments Corporation 0 1 2 0 2.67

Citrix Systems currently has a consensus target price of $89.50, suggesting a potential upside of 6.27%. National Instruments Corporation has a consensus target price of $38.33, suggesting a potential downside of 14.64%. Given Citrix Systems’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Citrix Systems is more favorable than National Instruments Corporation.


This table compares Citrix Systems and National Instruments Corporation’s 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%
National Instruments Corporation 8.72% 10.16% 7.64%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Citrix Systems and National Instruments Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Citrix Systems $3.42 billion 3.71 $536.11 million $2.95 28.55
National Instruments Corporation $1.23 billion 4.78 $82.73 million $0.84 53.46

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


National Instruments Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Citrix Systems does not pay a dividend. National Instruments Corporation pays out 100.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Volatility and Risk

Citrix Systems has a beta of 1.39, indicating that its share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Instruments Corporation has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Citrix Systems beats National Instruments Corporation on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

National Instruments Corporation Company Profile

National Instruments Corporation (NI) designs, manufactures and sells systems to engineers and scientists. The Company offers a line of measurement, automation and control products. It offers products, technology and services, which include system design software, programming tools, application software, modular hardware products and related driver software, production test systems, NI education platform, software products for teaching and hardware products for teaching. It also offers NI Services, including hardware services and maintenance, software maintenance services, and training and certification. Its products are used across various industries in a range of applications, including research and development, simulation and modeling, prototype and validation, production testing and industrial control and field and factory service and repair. It serves various industries and applications, such as consumer electronics, commercial aerospace, telecommunications and others.

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