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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

11.7% of SMART Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.9% of shares of all “Computer Hardware” companies are held by institutional investors. 13.8% of shares of all “Computer Hardware” companies are held 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.

Profitability

This table compares SMART Technologies and its competitors’ 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 4.23% 10.70% 6.40%

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’ competitors have a beta of 1.28, indicating that their average share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SMART Technologies and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
SMART Technologies N/A N/A -0.82
SMART Technologies Competitors $20.71 billion $4.38 billion 18.71

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for SMART Technologies and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SMART Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
SMART Technologies Competitors 310 1509 3171 123 2.61

All “Computer Hardware” companies have a potential downside of 4.91%. Given SMART Technologies’ competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe SMART Technologies has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

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

SMART Technologies Company Profile

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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