Barracuda Networks (NYSE: CUDA) and GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

Barracuda Networks has a beta of 3.27, meaning that its stock price is 227% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GoDaddy has a beta of 0.62, meaning that its stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

66.0% of Barracuda Networks shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.0% of GoDaddy shares are held by institutional investors. 13.9% of Barracuda Networks shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.7% of GoDaddy shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Barracuda Networks and GoDaddy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Barracuda Networks 1 5 10 0 2.56
GoDaddy 0 3 11 0 2.79

Barracuda Networks presently has a consensus price target of $26.64, suggesting a potential upside of 2.83%. GoDaddy has a consensus price target of $47.92, suggesting a potential upside of 8.36%. Given GoDaddy’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe GoDaddy is more favorable than Barracuda Networks.

Profitability

This table compares Barracuda Networks and GoDaddy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Barracuda Networks 2.81% -1,770.56% 3.79%
GoDaddy 1.21% 6.05% 0.91%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Barracuda Networks and GoDaddy’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Barracuda Networks $360.17 million 3.81 $36.87 million $0.19 136.38
GoDaddy $2.01 billion 2.45 $238.50 million $0.14 315.86

GoDaddy has higher revenue and earnings than Barracuda Networks. Barracuda Networks is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than GoDaddy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

GoDaddy beats Barracuda Networks on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Barracuda Networks

Barracuda Networks, Inc. designs and delivers security and data protection solutions. The Company offers cloud-enabled solutions that enable customers to address security threats, manage network performance, and protect and store their data. Its solutions are designed to manage information technology operations for its customers. Its security solutions include Barracuda Email Security, The Barracuda Web Security Gateway, Barracuda NextGen Firewalls, The Barracuda Web Application Firewall, The Barracuda Load Balancer ADC and The Barracuda SSL VPN. Its data protection solutions provide solutions for on-premises and cloud-based archiving and backup. Its data protection solutions include Barracuda Backup, Barracuda Message Archiver and CudaSign. Its solution suites combine its security and data protection offerings into services designed for cloud platforms and managed services environments. Its solution suites include Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 and Intronis ECHOplatform.

About GoDaddy

GoDaddy Inc. is a technology provider to small businesses, Web design professionals and individuals. The Company delivers cloud-based products and personalized customer care. It operates a domain marketplace, where its customers can find the digital real estate that matches their idea. It provides Website building, hosting and security tools to help customers construct and protect online presence. It provides applications that enable connecting to customers and managing businesses. The Company provides search, discovery and recommendation tools, as well as a selection of domain name for ventures. It provides productivity tools, such as domain-specific e-mail, online storage, invoicing, bookkeeping and payment solutions to run ventures, as well as marketing products. The Company’s products, including GoCentral enable to build a Website or online store for both desktop and mobile. Its products are powered by a cloud platform and enable its customers to get found online.

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