Perion Network (PERI) and Cyren (CYRN) Critical Contrast

Perion Network (NASDAQ: PERI) and Cyren (NASDAQ:CYRN) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Perion Network and Cyren, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perion Network 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cyren 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

12.8% of Perion Network shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.7% of Cyren shares are owned by institutional investors. 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.

Risk and Volatility

Perion Network has a beta of 1.61, meaning that its share price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cyren has a beta of 0.85, meaning that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Perion Network and Cyren’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Perion Network -12.50% 7.83% 4.54%
Cyren -53.03% -44.48% -26.83%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Perion Network and Cyren’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Perion Network $312.79 million 0.21 $200,000.00 ($0.46) -1.83
Cyren $30.80 million 3.72 -$16.33 million ($0.38) -6.05

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


Perion Network beats Cyren on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Perion Network Company Profile

Perion Network Ltd. is a global technology company. It is engaged in delivering advertising solutions to brands and publishers. It operates through High Impact Advertising solutions segment. It provides execution, ranging from high-impact advertisement formats to branded search, and a unified social and mobile programmatic platform. Its business solutions include Undertone, Codefuel, Growmobile, IncrediMail and Smilebox. Undertone offers engaging digital advertising, which is designed to capture consumer attention and drive engagement, delivering these advertisements across a portfolio of Websites and mobile applications. CodeFuel is an engagement and monetization suite delivering solutions for both content publishers and advertisers. Growmobile offers automated marketing solutions ranging from social advertising to user engagement. IncrediMail is a unified messaging application. Smilebox is a photo sharing and social expression product and offers various formats, themes and styles.

Cyren Company Profile

Cyren Ltd is engaged in developing and marketing information security solutions for protecting Web, e-mail and mobile transactions. The Company is a Security-as-a-Service provider of integrated cloud-based security technology solutions that mitigate cyber threats, malware attacks, information leaks, legal liability and productivity loss through the application of cyber intelligence. It delivers security services to a range of customers and original equipment manufacturer, and service provider distribution partners, including network and security vendors offering content security gateways, unified threat management solutions and antivirus solutions, and to service providers, such as Software-as-a-Service vendors, Web hosting providers and Internet service providers. Its technologies include CYREN GlobalView Cloud and Recurrent Pattern Detection. Its offerings include CYREN WebSecurity (CWS), CYREN EmailSecurity, Cyber Intelligence Suite and Embedded Solutions.

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