MobileIron (MOBL) & Nuance Communications (NUAN) Head-To-Head Comparison

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


This table compares MobileIron and Nuance Communications’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MobileIron -33.88% -164.43% -36.43%
Nuance Communications -3.38% 14.73% 4.83%

Volatility and Risk

MobileIron has a beta of 2.66, indicating that its share price is 166% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nuance Communications has a beta of 0.58, indicating that its share price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares MobileIron and Nuance Communications’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MobileIron $163.93 million 2.27 -$67.18 million ($0.64) -6.05
Nuance Communications $1.98 billion 2.14 -$12.45 million ($0.23) -63.78

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

52.7% of MobileIron shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.4% of Nuance Communications shares are held by institutional investors. 31.7% of MobileIron shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.7% of Nuance Communications shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for MobileIron and Nuance Communications, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MobileIron 1 2 3 0 2.33
Nuance Communications 0 1 6 1 3.00

MobileIron presently has a consensus price target of $5.30, suggesting a potential upside of 36.95%. Nuance Communications has a consensus price target of $21.00, suggesting a potential upside of 43.15%. Given Nuance Communications’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Nuance Communications is more favorable than MobileIron.


Nuance Communications beats MobileIron on 11 of the 14 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 Nuance Communications

Nuance Communications, Inc. is a provider of voice recognition and natural language understanding solutions. The Company’s segments include Healthcare, Mobile, Enterprise and Imaging. The Healthcare segment provides clinical speech and clinical language understanding solutions. The solutions for the Healthcare segment include transcription solutions, Dragon Medical, and clinical document improvement (CDI) and coding solutions. Its Mobile segment provides a portfolio of specialized virtual assistants and connected services. The Enterprise segment provides automated customer solutions and services. The solutions for the Enterprise segment include On-Premise solutions and services, and On-Demand multichannel cloud. The Imaging segment provides software solutions that help professionals and organizations to gain control of their document and information processes. Imaging segment include multi-function printer (MFP) scan automation solutions and MFP Print automation solutions.

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