Silver Spring Networks (NYSE: SSNI) is one of 182 publicly-traded 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 earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Silver Spring Networks $311.01 million -$21.62 million -19.10
Silver Spring Networks Competitors $2.79 billion $289.83 million 344.65

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 recent ratings and price targets 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 732 4667 7391 164 2.54

Silver Spring Networks currently has a consensus price target of $14.95, suggesting a potential downside of 6.77%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential upside of 3.76%. Given Silver Spring Networks’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Silver Spring Networks has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

76.1% of Silver Spring Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.0% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by institutional investors. 25.2% of Silver Spring Networks shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Silver Spring Networks has a beta of 1.6, indicating that its share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Silver Spring Networks’ rivals have a beta of 1.13, indicating that their average share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

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 -19.87% -277.27% -4.35%

Summary

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

About Silver Spring Networks

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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