Analyzing Gartner (IT) & Procera Networks (PKT)

Gartner (NYSE: IT) and Procera Networks (NASDAQ:PKT) are both business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.0% of Gartner shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.4% of Gartner shares are owned 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.

Profitability

This table compares Gartner and Procera Networks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gartner 1.50% 103.10% 6.92%
Procera Networks -16.09% -10.44% -8.57%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Gartner and Procera Networks, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gartner 0 4 4 1 2.67
Procera Networks 0 0 0 0 N/A

Gartner presently has a consensus target price of $125.25, indicating a potential upside of 1.35%. Given Gartner’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Gartner is more favorable than Procera Networks.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Gartner and Procera Networks’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gartner $2.75 billion 4.07 $373.34 million $0.55 224.69
Procera Networks N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Gartner has higher revenue and earnings than Procera Networks.

Summary

Gartner beats Procera Networks on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Gartner Company Profile

Gartner, Inc. is an information technology research and advisory company. The Company works with clients to research, analyze and interpret the business of information technology (IT), supply chain and marketing within the context of their individual roles. It operates in three segments: Research, Consulting and Events. Research segment consists of subscription-based research products, access to research inquiry, peer networking services and membership programs. Consulting segment consists of consulting, measurement engagements and strategic advisory services. Events segment consists of various symposia, conferences and exhibitions. It provides insight through reports, briefings, tools, access to its analysts, peer networking services and membership programs that enable its clients to make decisions about their IT, supply chain and digital marketing initiatives. Its consultants provide fact-based consulting services to help clients use and manage IT to optimize business performance.

Procera Networks Company Profile

Procera Networks, Inc. is a provider of subscriber experience assurance (SEA) solutions designed for network operators around the world. The Company’s PacketLogic solutions enable network operators to gain insights, make decisions, and take actions to ensure a quality experience for Internet connected devices. Network operators deploy its technology to gain insights on their subscribers and networks, make decisions on service packaging and then deliver those solutions to subscribers connected to their network. Its network operator customers include service provider customers and enterprises. Its service provider customers include mobile service providers and broadband service providers, which include cable multiple system operators (MSOs), telecommunications companies, Wi-Fi network operators, and Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Its enterprise customers include educational institutions, commercial enterprises and government and municipal agencies.

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