Citrix Systems: In a League of Its Own (Update 1)
That's what Citrix Systems (CTXS) has been steadily doing for at least the past eight years. It is just now getting some of the recognition and investor following it so richly deserves.
On Dec. 5, Citrix announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Zenprise, a leading innovator in mobile device management. Following the close of the acquisition, expected during the first quarter of 2013, Citrix intends to integrate the Zenprise solution for mobile device management with its Citrix CloudGateway and Me@Work solutions for managing mobile apps and data.
This combination will give Citrix the first solution in the industry for managing mobile devices, apps and data from a single, integrated enterprise mobility product line.
That's the hallmark of CTXS. It finds holes that need filling in the world of mobile communications. Then it designs or cobbles together answers to the deficiencies, thus creating a "league" of its own in the mobility industry.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Zenprise provides innovative and secure mobile device management. The company has an extensive list of global customers and partners that span a cross-section of countries and vertical industries including: aerospace and defense, financial services, health care, oil and gas, legal, telecommunications, retail, entertainment and federal, state and local governments.
In 2011, Citrix passed the $2 billion revenue mark. As of Sept. 30, its revenue has grown to $2.47 billion. The Zenprise announcement extends the Citrix legacy of strategic acquisitions that expand its business, including ByteMobile in 2012, as well as ShareFile and Cloud.com in 2011, among others.
It is with well-deserved enthusiasm I encourage you to take a tour of the company's fascinating Web site and explore all the ways it serves the business community as well as the individual mobile device user.
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What's really impressive to this analyst is that CTXS has been acquiring all these strategically valuable companies and yet their balance sheet (as of Sept. 30) show that they have zero long-term debt .
That indicates it has been using its rising year-over-year revenue growth (up 13.5% in the latest quarter) as well as its own authorized shares to expand without incurring unnecessary liabilities.
This is one of the hallmarks of effective company management. Look at this five-year chart of CTXS' price and quarterly revenue per share numbers. Two very important trends can be deciphered and both appear opportunistic.