Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE: SFE) is one of 53 public companies in the “Investment Management & Fund Operators” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Safeguard Scientifics to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

77.6% of Safeguard Scientifics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.1% of shares of all “Investment Management & Fund Operators” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.7% of Safeguard Scientifics shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Investment Management & Fund Operators” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Safeguard Scientifics has a beta of 1.3, meaning that its share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Safeguard Scientifics’ peers have a beta of 1.23, meaning that their average share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Safeguard Scientifics and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Safeguard Scientifics N/A -$17.72 million -2.75
Safeguard Scientifics Competitors $3.00 billion $961.92 million 6.47

Safeguard Scientifics’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Safeguard Scientifics. Safeguard Scientifics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Safeguard Scientifics and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Safeguard Scientifics N/A -61.90% -42.77%
Safeguard Scientifics Competitors -46.91% 10.48% 5.74%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Safeguard Scientifics and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Safeguard Scientifics 0 0 0 0 N/A
Safeguard Scientifics Competitors 357 1775 1792 62 2.39

As a group, “Investment Management & Fund Operators” companies have a potential upside of 6.59%. Given Safeguard Scientifics’ peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Safeguard Scientifics has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Safeguard Scientifics peers beat Safeguard Scientifics on 6 of the 9 factors compared.

About Safeguard Scientifics

Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. is engaged in providing capital to technology companies within the fields of healthcare, financial services and digital media. The Company holds interest in companies, which it refers to as partner companies. As of December 31, 2016, the Company held interests in 29 non-consolidated partner companies. The Company offers operational and management support to each of its partner companies. In addition to management and operational support, the Company offers ongoing planning and development assessment. It provides mentoring, advice and guidance to develop partner company management. The Company serves on the boards of directors of its partner companies, working with them to develop and implement strategic and operating plans. It measures and monitors achievement of these plans through regular review of operational and financial performance measurements.

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