Critical Contrast: Citrix Systems (CTXS) & Black Knight (BKI)

Citrix Systems (NASDAQ: CTXS) and Black Knight (NYSE:BKI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Citrix Systems and Black Knight, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Citrix Systems 2 8 8 0 2.33
Black Knight 0 2 8 0 2.80

Citrix Systems presently has a consensus price target of $91.31, indicating a potential upside of 0.11%. Black Knight has a consensus price target of $50.75, indicating a potential upside of 6.39%. Given Black Knight’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Black Knight is more favorable than Citrix Systems.

Risk and Volatility

Citrix Systems has a beta of 1.34, suggesting that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Black Knight has a beta of 0.83, suggesting that its stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Citrix Systems and Black Knight’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Citrix Systems -0.73% 38.56% 11.52%
Black Knight 17.14% 11.13% 5.47%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Citrix Systems and Black Knight’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Citrix Systems $2.82 billion 4.87 -$20.71 million ($0.24) -380.04
Black Knight $1.05 billion 6.87 $182.30 million $1.45 32.90

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.0% of Citrix Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.8% of Black Knight shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Citrix Systems shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 30.8% of Black Knight shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Black Knight beats Citrix Systems on 8 of the 13 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.

Black Knight Company Profile

Black Knight, Inc. provides integrated technology, workflow automation, and data and analytics to the mortgage and real estate industries. The Company’s segments include Technology, and Data and Analytics. The Company’s Technology segment offers software and hosting solutions that support loan servicing, loan origination and settlement services. Its Data and Analytics segment offers data and analytics solutions to the mortgage, real estate and capital markets industries. These solutions include property ownership data, lien data, servicing data, automated valuation models, collateral risk scores, prepayment and default models, lead generation and other data solutions.

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