Merge Healthcare (MRGE) and Citrix Systems (CTXS) Head to Head Contrast

Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE) and Citrix Systems (NASDAQ:CTXS) are both technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Merge Healthcare and Citrix Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Merge Healthcare 0 0 0 0 N/A
Citrix Systems 1 8 7 0 2.38

Citrix Systems has a consensus target price of $89.50, indicating a potential downside of 3.44%.

Profitability

This table compares Merge Healthcare and Citrix Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Merge Healthcare 3.02% 5.19% 1.77%
Citrix Systems 15.67% 31.32% 11.35%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.2% of Citrix Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Citrix Systems shares 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Merge Healthcare and Citrix Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Merge Healthcare N/A N/A N/A $0.17 N/A
Citrix Systems $3.42 billion 4.09 $536.11 million $3.22 28.79

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

Summary

Citrix Systems beats Merge Healthcare on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Merge Healthcare

Merge Healthcare Incorporated develops software solutions that facilitate the sharing of images. The Company operates through two segments: Merge Healthcare and Merge DNA. The Company’s Merge Healthcare segment markets, sells and implements interoperability, imaging and clinical solutions to healthcare providers. The Company’s Merge DNA (Data and Analytics) segment focuses on the marketing and sale of data capture software for clinical trials and related solutions. The Merge Healthcare segment offers licensing of software (including upgrades), the sale of hardware, professional services, maintenance and electronic data interchange (EDI) services. The Merge DNA segment offers on-premise licensing and hosting arrangements, and professional services.

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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