SMART Technologies (NASDAQ: SMT) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Computer Hardware” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare SMART Technologies to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares SMART Technologies and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SMART Technologies -9.52% N/A -17.44%
SMART Technologies Competitors 3.86% 10.24% 6.07%

Risk and Volatility

SMART Technologies has a beta of 1.38, indicating that its share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SMART Technologies’ rivals have a beta of 1.29, indicating that their average share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

11.7% of SMART Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.0% of shares of all “Computer Hardware” companies are owned by institutional investors. 13.9% of shares of all “Computer Hardware” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares SMART Technologies and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
SMART Technologies N/A N/A -0.82
SMART Technologies Competitors $21.04 billion $4.38 billion 20.52

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for SMART Technologies and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SMART Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
SMART Technologies Competitors 267 1404 3160 116 2.63

As a group, “Computer Hardware” companies have a potential downside of 5.83%. Given SMART Technologies’ rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe SMART Technologies has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

SMART Technologies rivals beat SMART Technologies on 7 of the 8 factors compared.

About SMART Technologies

SMART Technologies Inc. (SMART) is a provider of technology solutions. SMART solutions include large-format displays, collaboration software and services that enable teaching, learning and work experiences in schools and workplaces. Its hardware and software products for the education market include SMART Board interactive flat panels, SMART kapp digital capture board, SMART Board interactive whiteboards, SMART Learning Suite Software, SMART Notebook collaborative learning software, SMART lab, SMART response 2, SMART amp collaborative learning software and SMART Exchange. It offers a range of visual collaboration solutions, consisting of software combined with touch-sensitive interactive displays and remote conferencing capabilities. Its hardware and software products for the enterprise market include SMART kapp iQ and SMART kapp iQ Pro, kapp digital capture board, SMART Room System for Microsoft Skype for Business, SMART Meeting Pro software and Bridgit conferencing software.

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