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Citrix (CTXS) is Reportedly Looking for Potential Buyers

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Citrix Systems (CTXS - Free Report) is holding discussions with its advisers to explore the company’s sale amid a dismal performance on the trading front, per a report from Bloomberg. There is no official word on the matter from the concerned company.

Citing sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg stated that Citrix will be assessing the interest of the potential buyers over the next few weeks. The company is exploring strategic alternatives after activist investor Elliot Investment Management bought a 10% stake in the company, added the report.

On a year-to-date basis, shares of Citrix are down 15.8% compared with the industry’s growth of 29.1%. In the past year, shares have declined 18.9% against the S&P 500 index’s rally of 33.8%.

However, following the latest Bloomberg report, shares of Citrix are up 5.4% in the premarket hours on Sep 15.


What Ails Citrix?

Citrix is one of the well-known providers of virtualization, networking and cloud computing solutions to more than 400,000 organizations worldwide.

Citrix’s performance is affected by the ongoing business transition to subscription-based model. The transition is exerting pressure on Product and License revenues as well as Support and Services revenues.

Citrix also has a highly-leveraged balance sheet. As of Jun 30, 2021, the company’s cash and cash equivalents and investments stood at $532 million, while long-term debt at the end of the quarter was $3.474 billion. In first-quarter 2021, Citrix entered into a $1-billion unsecured term loan agreement to finance the buyout of Wrike. It also issued $750 million worth of senior notes (slated to mature in 2026).

In the last reported quarter, the company announced that it was implementing several changes to its sales organization as well as processes and go-to-market strategies in the second half of 2021 to boost its software as a service (“SaaS”) business. However, Citrix slashed its outlook for 2021 due to a negative impact from these organizational changes.

For 2021, Citrix expects revenues between $3.22 billion and $3.25 billion compared with the earlier guidance of $3.38-$3.42 billion. Non-GAAP earnings are now expected between $4.75 and $4.95 per share. Earlier, the company had anticipated non-GAAP earnings between $5.60 and $5.80 per share.

Stiff competition from VMware's Horizon, Workspace ONE as well as AirWatch offerings and Amazon’s (AMZN - Free Report) WorkSpaces as well as significant exposure to foreign markets are other persistent concerns.

Nonetheless, the company is likely to gain from robust uptake of unified digital workspace solutions amid continuation of work from home as well as the adoption of a flexible work model. The buyout of Wrike also bodes well in the long haul.

Zacks Rank and Stocks to Consider

At present, Citrix carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).

Some other better-ranked stocks in the Computer Technology sector include Microsoft (MSFT - Free Report) , and Cadence Design Systems (CDNS - Free Report) . Both the stocks carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 (Strong Buy) Rank stocks here.

Long-term earnings growth rate for Microsoft and Cadence is pegged at 11.1% and 11.7%, respectively.