MobileIron (NASDAQ: MOBL) and Alteryx (NYSE:AYX) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares MobileIron and Alteryx’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MobileIron -32.67% -136.81% -35.21%
Alteryx N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for MobileIron and Alteryx, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MobileIron 1 2 4 0 2.43
Alteryx 0 1 7 0 2.88

MobileIron presently has a consensus target price of $5.25, indicating a potential upside of 34.62%. Alteryx has a consensus target price of $20.25, indicating a potential downside of 11.22%. Given MobileIron’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe MobileIron is more favorable than Alteryx.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares MobileIron and Alteryx’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MobileIron $171.98 million 2.13 -$50.14 million ($0.63) -6.19
Alteryx $106.29 million 12.61 -$20.57 million N/A N/A

Alteryx has higher revenue, but lower earnings than MobileIron.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

54.9% of MobileIron shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.4% of Alteryx shares are held by institutional investors. 31.7% of MobileIron 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.

Summary

Alteryx beats MobileIron on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

MobileIron Company Profile

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.

Alteryx Company Profile

Alteryx, Inc. is a United States-based provider of self-service data analytics software. The Company offers various products, such as Alteryx Designer, Alteryx Server and Alteryx Analytics Gallery. Alteryx Designer is a repeatable workflow for self-service data analytics. Alteryx Designer allows data analysts by combining data preparation, data blending, and analytics-predictive, statistical and spatial-using the same user interface. Alteryx Server is a scalable platform to deploy and share analytics. Alteryx Server accelerates time to analytical insight, and allows analysts and business users across organization to make data-driven decisions. Alteryx Analytics Gallery is an analytics cloud platform to recognize that business decision makers expect their business applications to be as engaging as the applications they use at home. Its solutions include analytic, departmental and industry. Its analytic solutions connect business analysts and decision makers to data.

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