VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN) is one of 197 public companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare VeriSign to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

60.6% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of VeriSign shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 17.2% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares VeriSign and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
VeriSign $1.15 billion $747.69 million 28.50
VeriSign Competitors $2.12 billion $362.12 million 11.73

VeriSign’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than VeriSign. VeriSign 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 Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for VeriSign and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
VeriSign 0 3 0 0 2.00
VeriSign Competitors 1012 5159 7777 221 2.51

VeriSign presently has a consensus price target of $89.67, suggesting a potential downside of 14.26%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential upside of 2.72%. Given VeriSign’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe VeriSign has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
VeriSign 39.92% -36.99% 18.95%
VeriSign Competitors -23.59% -64.54% -4.27%

Risk and Volatility

VeriSign has a beta of 1.18, suggesting that its share price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, VeriSign’s competitors have a beta of 1.26, suggesting that their average share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

VeriSign competitors beat VeriSign on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

VeriSign Company Profile

VeriSign, Inc. is a provider of domain name registry services and Internet security. The Company operates through Registry Services and Security Services segment. Registry Services ensure the security, stability and resiliency of Internet infrastructure and services, including the .com and .net domains, and operation of the root-zone maintainer functions for the core of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). Security Services provides infrastructure assurance services consisting of Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) Protection Services and Managed DNS Services. DDoS Protection Services supports online business continuity by providing monitoring and mitigation services against DDoS attacks. Managed DNS Services is a hosting service that delivers DNS resolution for the availability of Web-based systems.

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