Geeknet (NASDAQ: GKNT) is one of 30 public companies in the “E-commerce & Auction Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Geeknet to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Geeknet -20.58% -25.85% -19.84%
Geeknet Competitors -11.85% -21.35% -7.58%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Geeknet and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Geeknet 0 0 0 0 N/A
Geeknet Competitors 92 733 1648 90 2.68

As a group, “E-commerce & Auction Services” companies have a potential upside of 15.11%. Given Geeknet’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Geeknet has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

51.0% of shares of all “E-commerce & Auction Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 16.5% of shares of all “E-commerce & Auction Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Geeknet has a beta of 0.28, meaning that its share price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Geeknet’s peers have a beta of 1.34, meaning that their average share price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Geeknet N/A N/A -13.50
Geeknet Competitors $5.37 billion $932.47 million 289.75

Geeknet’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Geeknet. Geeknet 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.

Summary

Geeknet peers beat Geeknet on 8 of the 8 factors compared.

Geeknet Company Profile

Geeknet, Inc. (Geeknet) sells collectibles, apparel, gadgets, electronics, toys and other retail products for technology enthusiasts and general consumers through the ThinkGeek Website and exclusive products to the Company’s wholesale channel customers. The Company has three segments: Website, Wholesale and ThinkGeek Solutions. The ThinkGeek Solutions segment has been aggregated into the Website segment. The Website segment sells geek-themed retail products and video game-themed merchandise through the ThinkGeek Website and through the ThinkGeek Solutions Web-stores. The Wholesale segment sells primarily exclusive GeekLabs (the in-house product development team) products to brick-and-mortar retailers. The Company along with its subsidiaries, operates a business aimed at the global geek community, which includes technology enthusiasts, pop-culture aficionados and other fans. ThinkGeek, Inc. and ThinkGeek Solutions, Inc. are its two wholly owned subsidiaries.

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