Cvent (CVT) & National Instruments (NATI) Head-To-Head Comparison

Cvent (NYSE: CVT) and National Instruments (NASDAQ:NATI) are both technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability, risk and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

62.3% of Cvent shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.1% of National Instruments shares are held by institutional investors. 43.0% of Cvent shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.9% of National Instruments shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Cvent and National Instruments’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cvent -9.84% -12.55% -6.86%
National Instruments 8.72% 10.16% 7.64%


National Instruments pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Cvent does not pay a dividend. National Instruments pays out 103.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Cvent and National Instruments, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cvent 0 0 0 0 N/A
National Instruments 0 1 2 0 2.67

National Instruments has a consensus price target of $38.33, suggesting a potential downside of 9.76%. Given National Instruments’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe National Instruments is more favorable than Cvent.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cvent and National Instruments’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cvent N/A N/A N/A ($0.57) -63.16
National Instruments $1.23 billion 4.52 $82.73 million $0.81 52.44

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


National Instruments beats Cvent on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cvent Company Profile

Cvent, Inc. is a cloud-based enterprise event management company. The Company provides solutions for both sides of the events and meetings value chain, such as event and meeting planners, through its Event Cloud, and hoteliers and venues, through its Hospitality Cloud. The Company offers planners a platform that addresses the entire lifecycle of events and meetings, including budgeting, planning, venue sourcing, marketing, management and measurement of meetings. It offers over six product categories, on over two integrated clouds, the Event Cloud and the Hospitality Cloud. The Event Cloud includes approximately five product categories, such as event management software, enterprise solutions software, mobile event applications, pre- and post-event feedback management software, and onsite event solutions. The Hospitality Cloud includes over three product categories, including group marketing solutions, group demand management, and group business intelligence for hotels and venues.

National Instruments Company Profile

National Instruments Corporation (NI) designs, manufactures and sells systems to engineers and scientists. The Company offers a line of measurement, automation and control products. It offers products, technology and services, which include system design software, programming tools, application software, modular hardware products and related driver software, production test systems, NI education platform, software products for teaching and hardware products for teaching. It also offers NI Services, including hardware services and maintenance, software maintenance services, and training and certification. Its products are used across various industries in a range of applications, including research and development, simulation and modeling, prototype and validation, production testing and industrial control and field and factory service and repair. It serves various industries and applications, such as consumer electronics, commercial aerospace, telecommunications and others.

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