Head-to-Head Poll: Ceridian HCM (NYSE: CDAY) vs. IronNet (NYSE: IRNT)

Ceridian HCM (NYSE:CDAY – Get Rating) and IronNet (NYSE:IRNT – Get Rating) are both IT and technology companies, but which is the best investment? We’ll compare the two companies based on their risk strength, dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Benefits and evaluation

This chart compares revenue, earnings per share, and valuation of Ceridian HCM and IronNet.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
MCH Ceridian $1.02 billion 8.18 -75.40 million dollars ($0.55) -99.80
Iron Net $27.54 million 10:39 -$241.65 million N / A N / A

Ceridian HCM has higher revenues and profits than IronNet.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent valuations and price targets for Ceridian HCM and IronNet, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
MCH Ceridian 2 4 7 0 2.38
Iron Net 0 4 0 0 2.00

Ceridian HCM currently has a consensus target price of $85.25, suggesting a potential upside of 55.31%. IronNet has a consensus target price of $16.63, suggesting a potential upside of 483.33%. Given IronNet’s likely higher upside, analysts clearly believe that IronNet is more favorable than Ceridian HCM.

Risk and Volatility

Ceridian HCM has a beta of 1.51, which means its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500. In comparison, IronNet has a beta of -0.15, which means its stock price is 115% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

14.0% of IronNet shares are held by institutional investors. 4.0% of Ceridian HCM shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that endowments, hedge funds, and large fund managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity, and return on assets of Ceridian HCM and IronNet.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
MCH Ceridian -7.72% -3.11% -0.80%
Iron Net N / A -298.56% -45.70%


Ceridian HCM beats IronNet on 8 out of 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ceridian HCM (Get a rating)

Ceridian HCM Holding Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a human capital management (HCM) software company in the United States, Canada and internationally. It offers Dayforce, a cloud-based HCM platform that provides human resources (HR), payroll, benefits, workforce management, and talent management functionality; and Powerpay, a cloud-based HR and payroll solution for the small business market. The company also provides desktop solutions for payroll and payroll-related services. It sells its solutions through a direct sales force and third-party channels. The company was incorporated in 2013 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

About IronNet (Get a rating)

Iron Net LogoIronNet, Inc. designs and develops solutions for cyberattacks. It offers IronDefense, a network traffic analysis platform that provides scalable behavioral analysis and integrated packet-level cyber hunting to detect advanced threats; and IronDome, a collective defense solution that provides machine-speed visibility into potential threat campaigns targeting participating industry peers. The company also provides a suite of technologies that provide real-time threat assessment and updates, behavioral modeling, big data analytics, and proactive responses; and advisory and training programs to protect against current and emerging threats. Its security solutions include collective defense, network traffic analysis and cybersecurity assessment tools. The company serves the energy and utilities, financial services, healthcare and life sciences, defense and public sector sectors. The company was incorporated in 2014 and is based in McLean, Virginia, with additional offices in Raleigh, North Carolina; Fulton, Maryland; London, UK; and Singapore.

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