Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) is one of 22 public companies in the “Computer Peripherals” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Stratasys to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

67.0% of Stratasys shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.6% of shares of all “Computer Peripherals” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.3% of Stratasys shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 18.1% of shares of all “Computer Peripherals” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Stratasys and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Stratasys $665.63 million $30.05 million -22.49
Stratasys Competitors $1.18 billion $50.73 million -40.30

Stratasys’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Stratasys. Stratasys is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Stratasys and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stratasys 5 9 4 0 1.94
Stratasys Competitors 107 331 453 21 2.43

Stratasys currently has a consensus price target of $24.21, suggesting a potential upside of 0.64%. As a group, “Computer Peripherals” companies have a potential upside of 28.41%. Given Stratasys’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Stratasys has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk & Volatility

Stratasys has a beta of 1.16, suggesting that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stratasys’ competitors have a beta of 0.91, suggesting that their average share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Stratasys and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stratasys -8.33% 0.29% 0.24%
Stratasys Competitors -46.45% -19.80% -8.97%

Summary

Stratasys competitors beat Stratasys on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Stratasys Company Profile

Stratasys, Inc. is a manufacturer of three-dimensional (3D) printers and rapid prototyping (RP) systems for the office-based RP and direct digital manufacturing (DDM) markets. The Company develops, manufactures and sells a product line of 3D printers and DDM systems (and related consumable materials) that create physical models from computer-aided design (CAD) designs. It also offer rapid prototyping and production part manufacturing services through its centers located in North America, Europe and Australia. In January 2009, the Company introduced the uPrint Personal 3D Printer. In January 2009, it began offering a thermoplastic for direct digital manufacturing and rapid prototyping called ULTEM 9085.

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