Silver Spring Networks (NYSE: SSNI) is one of 182 public companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Silver Spring Networks to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Silver Spring Networks and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Silver Spring Networks -10.28% N/A -6.07%
Silver Spring Networks Competitors -14.53% -261.45% -2.87%

Volatility and Risk

Silver Spring Networks has a beta of 1.62, suggesting that its stock price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Silver Spring Networks’ rivals have a beta of 1.10, suggesting that their average stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Silver Spring Networks and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Silver Spring Networks $311.01 million -$21.62 million -19.48
Silver Spring Networks Competitors $2.79 billion $290.83 million 303.98

Silver Spring Networks’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Silver Spring Networks. Silver Spring Networks 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 Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Silver Spring Networks and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Silver Spring Networks 0 10 2 0 2.17
Silver Spring Networks Competitors 707 4516 7222 161 2.54

Silver Spring Networks presently has a consensus price target of $14.95, indicating a potential downside of 7.52%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential upside of 5.43%. Given Silver Spring Networks’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Silver Spring Networks has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

78.5% of Silver Spring Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.5% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by institutional investors. 29.6% of Silver Spring Networks shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.4% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Silver Spring Networks rivals beat Silver Spring Networks on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Silver Spring Networks Company Profile

Silver Spring Networks, Inc. is engaged in creating, building and deploying large-scale networks and solutions enabling the Internet of things (IoT) for critical infrastructure. The Company provides a networking platform and solutions that enable utilities to transform the power grid infrastructure into the smart grid. Its networking platform enables customers to communicate with devices connected to the power grid. Its networking platform comprises hardware, such as access points and relays; its communications modules; its SilverLinkOS network operating software, and its GridScape management and security software. It offers solutions built upon SilverLink Network and Data platforms, including advanced metering, distribution automation, demand-side management, street lights and its wireless Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6) network service for the IoT, Starfish. Through its managed application services, it manages the SilverLink Control Platform and SilverLink Applications.

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