Workday (NASDAQ: WDAY) and Cyberark Software (NASDAQ:CYBR) are both technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Workday and Cyberark Software’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Workday $1.57 billion 15.11 -$408.27 million ($1.44) -78.40
Cyberark Software $216.61 million 7.01 $28.12 million $0.63 69.35

Cyberark Software has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Workday. Workday is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cyberark Software, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Workday and Cyberark Software’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Workday -16.91% -19.73% -7.37%
Cyberark Software 9.24% 7.19% 5.33%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Workday and Cyberark Software, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Workday 1 19 14 0 2.38
Cyberark Software 0 8 8 0 2.50

Workday currently has a consensus price target of $107.65, suggesting a potential downside of 4.65%. Cyberark Software has a consensus price target of $48.93, suggesting a potential upside of 12.00%. Given Cyberark Software’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Cyberark Software is more favorable than Workday.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

66.9% of Workday shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.9% of Cyberark Software shares are held by institutional investors. 37.7% of Workday shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Workday has a beta of 1.83, meaning that its share price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cyberark Software has a beta of 2.58, meaning that its share price is 158% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Cyberark Software beats Workday on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Workday

Workday, Inc. is a provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. The Company delivers financial management, human capital management and analytics applications designed for various companies, educational institutions and government agencies. As part of its applications, the Company provides embedded analytics that capture the content and context of everyday business events, facilitating informed decision-making from wherever users are working. Its applications include Workday Financial Management, Workday Human Capital Management (HCM) and Other Applications. It also provides open, standards-based Web-services application programming interfaces, and pre-built packaged integrations and connectors. Workday Financial Management is a unified application with a range of financial capabilities, relevant analytics and metrics, and auditable process management. Workday HCM allows an organization to staff, pay, organize and develop its global workforce.

About Cyberark Software

CyberArk Software Ltd is an Israel-based provider of information technology (IT) security solutions that protects organizations from cyber-attacks. The Company’s software solutions are focused on protecting privileged accounts, which have become a critical target in the lifecycle of cyber-attacks. The Company’s Privileged Account Security Solution consists of various products, such as Shares Technology Platform, Enterprise Password Vault, SSH Key Manager, Privileged Session Manager, Privileged Threat Analytics, Application Identity Manager, CyberArk-Conjur, Endpoint Privilege Manager and On-Demand Privileges Manager. The Company’s products provide protection against external and internal cyber threats and enables detection and neutralization of attacks. The Company’s Enterprise Password Vault provides customers with a tool to manage and protect all privileged accounts across an entire organization, including physical, virtual or cloud-based assets.

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