Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) and Premiere Global Services (NYSE:PGI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

69.0% of Fortinet shares are held by institutional investors. 16.4% of Fortinet shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Fortinet and Premiere Global Services, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fortinet 1 8 18 0 2.63
Premiere Global Services 0 0 0 0 N/A

Fortinet presently has a consensus price target of $40.79, indicating a potential upside of 9.07%. Given Fortinet’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Fortinet is more favorable than Premiere Global Services.

Profitability

This table compares Fortinet and Premiere Global Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fortinet 4.71% 9.36% 3.71%
Premiere Global Services 2.45% 5.62% 1.81%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Fortinet and Premiere Global Services’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fortinet $1.38 billion 4.77 $142.32 million $0.37 101.08
Premiere Global Services N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Fortinet has higher revenue and earnings than Premiere Global Services.

Summary

Fortinet beats Premiere Global Services on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fortinet

Fortinet, Inc. is a network security company. The Company provides cyber security solutions to a range of enterprises, service providers and government organizations across the world. Its network security solution consists of FortiGate physical, virtual machine and cloud platforms, which provide integrated security and networking functions to protect data, applications and users from network-and content-level security threats. The Company’s product offerings consist of its FortiGate product family, along with its FortiManager central management and FortiAnalyzer central logging and reporting product families. Its cybersecurity platform includes a range of products, which include its FortiMail e-mail security, FortiSandbox advanced threat protection (ATP), FortiWeb Web application firewall, FortiDDos and FortiDB database security appliances, as well as its FortiClient endpoint security software, FortiAP secure wireless access points and FortiSwitch secure switch connectivity products.

About Premiere Global Services

Premiere Global Services, Inc. is a United States-based company that provides collaboration software and services. The Company’s products include iMeet, iMeet Sales Accelerator, iMeetLive, iMeet Video Room Connector (VRC), iMeet Agenday, iMeet Central, GlobalMeet, GlobalMeet Audio and GlobalMeet Webinar. It offers solutions for sales professionals, marketing, information technology (IT) professionals, small business, enterprise and partners. iMeet enables online meetings and virtual collaboration. iMeet Sales Accelerator is collaboration software. iMeetLive lets the user create and host custom Webinars with live or on-demand events. iMeet VRC integrates into room-based video conferencing system providing solution for all video, Web and audio conferencing needs. iMeet Agenday is an online calendar application, which displays all meetings, and provides access to Web meetings and conference calls. iMeet Central is an online marketing collaboration platform for project management.

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