Financial Survey: Black Knight Financial Services (BKFS) versus Barracuda Networks (CUDA)

Black Knight Financial Services (NYSE: BKFS) and Barracuda Networks (NYSE:CUDA) are both technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

44.7% of Black Knight Financial Services shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.7% of Barracuda Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. 30.8% of Black Knight Financial Services shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of Barracuda Networks shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Black Knight Financial Services and Barracuda Networks, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Black Knight Financial Services 0 1 6 0 2.86
Barracuda Networks 0 9 3 0 2.25

Black Knight Financial Services currently has a consensus target price of $46.50, indicating a potential upside of 8.01%. Barracuda Networks has a consensus target price of $28.51, indicating a potential upside of 3.48%. Given Black Knight Financial Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Black Knight Financial Services is more favorable than Barracuda Networks.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Black Knight Financial Services and Barracuda Networks’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Black Knight Financial Services N/A N/A N/A $0.63 68.33
Barracuda Networks $352.65 million 4.19 $10.23 million $0.28 98.39

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

Profitability

This table compares Black Knight Financial Services and Barracuda Networks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Black Knight Financial Services 16.64% 4.71% 4.71%
Barracuda Networks 4.09% 74.59% 2.98%

Summary

Black Knight Financial Services beats Barracuda Networks on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Black Knight Financial Services

Black Knight Financial Services, Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides integrated technology, workflow automation, and data and analytics to the mortgage and real estate industries. The Company’s segments include Technology, and Data and Analytics. The Company’s Technology segment offers software and hosting solutions that support loan servicing, loan origination and settlement services. The Technology segment provides applications and services, such as servicing technology and origination technology. Its Data and Analytics segment offers data and analytics solutions to the mortgage, real estate and capital markets industries. These solutions include property ownership data, lien data, servicing data, automated valuation models, collateral risk scores, prepayment and default models, lead generation and other data solutions.

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.

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