MobileIron (NASDAQ: MOBL) and Nice Systems (NASDAQ:NICE) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

55.0% of MobileIron shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.9% of Nice Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 31.7% of MobileIron shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.0% of Nice Systems shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for MobileIron and Nice Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MobileIron 1 2 3 0 2.33
Nice Systems 0 8 2 0 2.20

MobileIron presently has a consensus price target of $5.30, indicating a potential upside of 37.66%. Nice Systems has a consensus price target of $83.50, indicating a potential downside of 0.63%. Given MobileIron’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe MobileIron is more favorable than Nice Systems.

Profitability

This table compares MobileIron and Nice Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MobileIron -33.88% -164.43% -36.43%
Nice Systems 7.12% 9.71% 5.72%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares MobileIron and Nice Systems’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MobileIron $163.93 million 2.26 -$67.18 million ($0.64) -6.02
Nice Systems $1.02 billion 4.97 $116.92 million $1.52 55.28

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

Dividends

Nice Systems pays an annual dividend of $0.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. MobileIron does not pay a dividend. Nice Systems pays out 17.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

MobileIron has a beta of 2.66, meaning that its share price is 166% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nice Systems has a beta of 0.89, meaning that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Nice Systems beats MobileIron on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About MobileIron

MobileIron, Inc. (MobileIron) provides a mobile information technology (IT) platform for enterprises to manage and secure mobile applications, content and devices. The Company’s solution provides enterprise security. The MobileIron Platform combines security and enterprise mobility management (EMM) tools, including mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM), and mobile content management (MCM) capabilities. The Company offers EMM tools, including EMM platform, cloud security with MobileIron Access, Windows security with MobileIron Bridge and applications. MobileIron offers its customers the flexibility to deploy its solution as a cloud service or as on-premises software. Its applications include [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], MobileIron Tunnel, MobileIron Rooms, MobileIron AppConnect and AppConnect Ecosystem. The Company serves a range of industries, such as financial services, government, healthcare and legal.

About Nice Systems

NICE Ltd., formerly NICE-Systems Ltd., is a global enterprise software provider. The Company’s segments include Customer Interactions Solutions, and Financial Crime and Compliance Solutions. The Customer Interactions Solutions segment provides data driven insights that enable businesses to deliver personalized experience to customers. The Financial Crime and Compliance Solutions segment provides real time and cross-channel fraud prevention, anti-money laundering, brokerage compliance and enterprise-wide case management. The Company serves contact centers, back office operations and retail branches, covering various industries, including communications, banking, insurance, healthcare, business processes outsourcing (BPO), government, utilities, travel and entertainment. Its Multi-Channel Recording and Interaction Management enables organizations to capture structured and unstructured customer interaction and transaction data from multiple channels.

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