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Critical Review: MobileIron (MOBL) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)

MobileIron (NASDAQ: MOBL) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability. Dividends

Microsoft Corporation pays an annual dividend of £1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. MobileIron does not pay a dividend. Microsoft Corporation pays out 53.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

MobileIron has increased its dividend for 13 consecutive years. Profitability This table compares MobileIron and Microsoft Corporation’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%
Microsoft Corporation 24.56% 35.23% 11.27%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares MobileIron and Microsoft Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MobileIron £171.98 million 1.67 -£50.14 million (£0.63) -6.11
Microsoft Corporation £89.95 billion 7.12 £30.43 billion £2.94 28.29

Microsoft Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than MobileIron. MobileIron is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Microsoft Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks. Insider & Institutional Ownership

54.9% of MobileIron shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.4% of Microsoft Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors.

31.7% of MobileIron shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of Microsoft Corporation shares are owned by insiders.

Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth. Volatility & Risk MobileIron has a beta of 2.66, indicating that its stock price is 166% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Comparatively, Microsoft Corporation has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Analyst Recommendations This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for MobileIron and Microsoft Corporation, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MobileIron 1 2 3 0 2.33
Microsoft Corporation 2 8 27 0 2.68

MobileIron currently has a consensus target price of £5.30, suggesting a potential upside of 37.66%.

Microsoft Corporation has a consensus target price of £82.31, suggesting a potential downside of 1.05%. Given MobileIron’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe MobileIron is more favorable than Microsoft Corporation. Summary

Microsoft Corporation beats MobileIron on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks. About MobileIron MobileIron logoMobileIron, 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][1], [email protected][2], [email protected][3], [email protected][4], 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 Microsoft Corporation Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Corporation is a technology company. The Company develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products, services and devices.

The Company’s segments include Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud and More Personal Computing. The Company’s products include operating systems; cross-device productivity applications; server applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games, and training and certification of computer system integrators and developers. It also designs, manufactures, and sells devices, including personal computers (PCs), tablets, gaming and entertainment consoles, phones, other intelligent devices, and related accessories, that integrate with its cloud-based offerings.

It offers an array of services, including cloud-based solutions that provide customers with software, services, platforms, and content, and it provides solution support and consulting services.

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