Contrasting of Zix Corporation (ZIXI) and Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLK)


Both Zix Corporation (NASDAQ:ZIXI) and Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLK) are Application Software companies, competing one another. We will contrast their analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation, institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Zix Corporation84.04N/A0.09103.52
Splunk Inc.12910.20N/A-2.110.00

Table 1 shows gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation of the two companies.


Table 2 provides us the return on equity, return on assets and net margins of both companies.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
Zix Corporation0.00%9.2%2.8%
Splunk Inc.0.00%0%0%

Volatility & Risk

A 0.88 beta means Zix Corporation’s volatility is 12.00% less than Standard and Poor’s 500’s volatility. Competitively, Splunk Inc.’s 102.00% volatility makes it more volatile than Standard and Poor’s 500, because of the 2.02 beta.


The Current Ratio and a Quick Ratio of Zix Corporation are 0.4 and 0.4. Competitively, Splunk Inc. has 3.2 and 3.2 for Current and Quick Ratio. Splunk Inc.’s better ability to pay short and long-term obligations than Zix Corporation.

Analyst Recommendations

Zix Corporation and Splunk Inc. Recommendations and Ratings are available on the next table.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsRating Score
Zix Corporation0023.00
Splunk Inc.13222.85

Zix Corporation has a consensus price target of $10.5, and a 29.47% upside potential. Splunk Inc. on the other hand boasts of a $153.27 average price target and a 17.74% potential upside. Based on the data delivered earlier, Zix Corporation is looking more favorable than Splunk Inc., analysts view.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

The shares of both Zix Corporation and Splunk Inc. are owned by institutional investors at 76.8% and 94.8% respectively. About 3.3% of Zix Corporation’s share are held by insiders. Insiders Comparatively, held 0.9% of Splunk Inc. shares.


In this table we show the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W)Performance (M)Performance (Q)Performance (HY)Performance (Y)Performance (YTD)
Zix Corporation1.56%-3.29%9.89%24.28%70.6%58.99%
Splunk Inc.-3.32%7.96%0.37%10.21%41.86%29.05%

For the past year Zix Corporation was more bullish than Splunk Inc.

On 7 of the 10 factors Zix Corporation beats Splunk Inc.

Zix Corporation provides email encryption, data loss prevention (DLP), and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) security solutions to the healthcare, financial services, insurance, and government sectors in the United States. The company offers Zix Email Encryption that allows an enterprise to use policy-driven rules to determine email messages that should be sent securely to comply with regulations or company-defined policies. It also provides ZixDirectory, an email encryption community to share identities; Best Method of Delivery, a patented solution designed to deliver email based on the senderÂ’s and recipientÂ’s communications environment and preferences; and ZixGateway, which automatically encrypts and decrypts messages with sensitive content. In addition, the company offers ZixQuarantine, an email-specific data loss prevention solution that reduces deployment time; and ZixOne, a mobile email app, which provides access to corporate email while never allowing that data to be persistently stored on the device where it is vulnerable to loss or theft. Zix Corporation sells its email encryption, DLP, and ZixOne services through a direct sales force, and a network of resellers and other distribution partners. The company was formerly known as ZixIt Corporation and changed its name to Zix Corporation in 2002. Zix Corporation was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Splunk Inc. provides software solutions that enable organizations to gain real-time operational intelligence in the United States and internationally. The companyÂ’s products enable users to collect, index, search, explore, monitor, and analyze data regardless of format or source. It offers Splunk Enterprise, a machine data platform with collection, indexing, search, reporting, analysis, alerting, monitoring, and data management capabilities; and Splunk Cloud service. The company also provides Splunk Light, which offers log search and analysis for small IT environments; and Splunk Analytics for Hadoop, a software for exploring, analyzing, and visualizing data stored in Hadoop and Amazon S3. In addition, it offers Splunk Enterprise Security, which addresses emerging security threats; Splunk User Behavior Analytics that detects cyber-attacks and insider threats; and Splunk IT Service Intelligence, which monitors health and key performance indicators of critical IT services, as well as Splunk App for AWS to ensure cloud security and compliance; Splunk Stream to capture, analyze, and correlate network wire data; and DB Connect to get enterprise context; Palo Alto Networks App for Splunk to gain visibility to Palo Alto Networks firewalls; and Splunk App for Salesforce. Further, the company operates Splunkbase and Splunk Answers Websites, which provide an environment to share apps, collaborate on the use of its software, and provide community-based support, as well as offers application programming interfaces and software development kits. Additionally, it offers maintenance and customer support, training, and consulting and implementation services. The company serves cloud and online services, education, financial services, government, healthcare/pharmaceuticals, industrials/manufacturing, media/entertainment, retail/ecommerce, technology, and telecommunications industries. Splunk Inc. was incorporated in 2003 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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