Pivotal Software (NYSE:PVTL) & Xunlei (NYSE:XNET) Head to Head Analysis

Pivotal Software (NYSE:PVTL) and Xunlei (NASDAQ:XNET) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

26.9% of Pivotal Software shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.7% of Xunlei shares are owned by institutional investors. 64.9% of Pivotal Software shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 21.7% of Xunlei shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Pivotal Software and Xunlei’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pivotal Software -17.67% -9.70% -6.66%
Xunlei -26.68% -16.29% -11.69%

Volatility and Risk

Pivotal Software has a beta of -0.46, meaning that its stock price is 146% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Xunlei has a beta of 1.79, meaning that its stock price is 79% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Pivotal Software and Xunlei’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pivotal Software $657.49 million 6.41 -$141.90 million ($0.63) -23.81
Xunlei $180.66 million 1.22 -$53.17 million N/A N/A

Xunlei has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Pivotal Software.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Pivotal Software and Xunlei, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pivotal Software 1 7 2 0 2.10
Xunlei 0 0 0 0 N/A

Pivotal Software currently has a consensus price target of $16.50, suggesting a potential upside of 10.00%. Given Pivotal Software’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Pivotal Software is more favorable than Xunlei.


Pivotal Software beats Xunlei on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Pivotal Software

Pivotal Software, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides an integrated solution that combines a cloud-native application platform and services in the United States. Its cloud-native platform, Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF), accelerates and streamlines software development by reducing the complexity of building, deploying, and operating modern applications. The company also enables its customers to accelerate their adoption of a modern software development process and their business success using its platform through its strategic services, Pivotal Labs (Labs). Pivotal Software, Inc. markets and sells PCF and Labs through its sales force and ecosystem partners. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

About Xunlei

Xunlei Limited, a cloud-based acceleration technology company, operates an Internet platform for digital media content in the People's Republic of China. The company's platform is based on cloud computing that enables users to access, manage, and consume digital media content. It offers Xunlei Accelerator, which enables users to accelerate digital transmission over the Internet; and cloud acceleration subscription services that offer users premium services through various products, such as Green Channel and Offline Accelerator. The company also provides Mobile Xunlei, a mobile application that allows users to search, download, and consume digital media content on their mobile devices; Xunlei Media Player, which supports online and offline play of digital media content, as well as simultaneous play of digital media content while it is being transmitted by Xunlei Accelerator; online games online game Website and purchase licenses; live video and online advertising services; and other Internet value-added services. As of December 2017, its platform had approximately 145 million monthly unique visitors. Xunlei Limited has strategic partnerships with People Capital to promote blockchain innovation; and China Mobile IoT Company Limited to develop IoT industry solutions. The company was formerly known as Giganology Limited and changed its name to Xunlei Limited in January 2011. Xunlei Limited was founded in 2003 and is based in Shenzhen, the People's Republic of China.

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