Keynote (NASDAQ: KEYN) and Pegasystems (NASDAQ:PEGA) are both technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, valuation and dividends.


This table compares Keynote and Pegasystems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Keynote N/A N/A N/A
Pegasystems 5.67% 9.86% 5.34%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Keynote and Pegasystems’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Keynote N/A N/A N/A $0.15 N/A
Pegasystems $750.27 million 5.34 $26.98 million $0.55 93.55

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Keynote and Pegasystems, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Keynote 0 0 0 0 N/A
Pegasystems 0 1 4 0 2.80

Pegasystems has a consensus price target of $61.75, suggesting a potential upside of 20.02%.


Pegasystems pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Keynote does not pay a dividend. Pegasystems pays out 21.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

45.0% of Pegasystems shares are owned by institutional investors. 53.6% of Pegasystems shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Pegasystems beats Keynote on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Keynote

Keynote Systems, Inc. is a United States-based company, which is engaged in cloud-based testing, monitoring and analytics for mobile and Web. Keynote Perspective is engaged in on-demand performance monitoring for enterprise Web and mobile sites, including online portals, e-commerce and business-to-business (B2B) sites. Keynote DeviceAnywhere is a cloud-based software platform for automated QA testing and monitoring of mobile apps and Websites on real smartphones and tablets. Keynote SIGOS offers automated end-to-end active testing of telecommunications networks and services. The Keynote SIGOS SITE and Global Roamer products are used by network operators, content providers, carriers and regulators. Meucci Solutions offers mobile fraud detection services and end-to-end quality of service (QoS) monitoring.

About Pegasystems

Pegasystems Inc. develops, markets, licenses and supports software applications for marketing, sales and onboarding, and customer service needs. The Company also offers software applications built on the Pega platform. Its software is designed to assist clients in building, deploying and evolving enterprise applications. Its applications and platform intersect with and encompass several traditional software markets, including Customer Relationship Management (CRM); Business Process Management (BPM); Business Rules Management Systems (BRMS); Dynamic Case Management (DCM); Decision Management, which includes Predictive and Adaptive analytics, and the Vertical Specific Software (VSS) market of industry solutions and packaged applications. It provides implementation, consulting, training, technical support and hosting services to facilitate the use of its software. The Company offers its services to financial, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, life sciences and other markets.

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