Workday (NASDAQ: WDAY) is one of 61 publicly-traded companies in the “Application Software” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Workday to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

Workday has a beta of 1.83, suggesting that its stock price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Workday’s peers have a beta of 1.06, suggesting that their average stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Workday -16.91% -20.71% -8.08%
Workday Competitors -26.01% -105.98% -13.73%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Workday and its peers, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Workday 4 21 13 0 2.24
Workday Competitors 178 1505 2845 89 2.62

Workday currently has a consensus price target of $103.27, indicating a potential upside of 2.74%. As a group, “Application Software” companies have a potential upside of 15.05%. Given Workday’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Workday has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Workday $1.57 billion -$408.27 million -61.29
Workday Competitors $916.05 million $45.64 million 495.07

Workday has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. Workday 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.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

67.6% of Workday shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.3% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are held by institutional investors. 37.7% of Workday shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.8% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Workday Company Profile

Workday, Inc. is a provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. The Company delivers financial management, human capital management and analytics applications designed for various companies, educational institutions and government agencies. As part of its applications, the Company provides embedded analytics that capture the content and context of everyday business events, facilitating informed decision-making from wherever users are working. Its applications include Workday Financial Management, Workday Human Capital Management (HCM) and Other Applications. It also provides open, standards-based Web-services application programming interfaces, and pre-built packaged integrations and connectors. Workday Financial Management is a unified application with a range of financial capabilities, relevant analytics and metrics, and auditable process management. Workday HCM allows an organization to staff, pay, organize and develop its global workforce.

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