Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) is one of 22 public companies in the “Computer Peripherals” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Stratasys to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

67.0% of Stratasys shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.6% of shares of all “Computer Peripherals” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.3% of Stratasys shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 18.1% of shares of all “Computer Peripherals” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Stratasys and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stratasys -8.33% 0.29% 0.24%
Stratasys Competitors -46.45% -19.80% -8.97%

Volatility and Risk

Stratasys has a beta of 1.16, suggesting that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stratasys’ rivals have a beta of 0.91, suggesting that their average stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Stratasys and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stratasys 5 9 4 0 1.94
Stratasys Competitors 107 331 453 21 2.43

Stratasys currently has a consensus target price of $24.21, indicating a potential upside of 2.06%. As a group, “Computer Peripherals” companies have a potential upside of 29.11%. Given Stratasys’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Stratasys has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Stratasys and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Stratasys $665.63 million $30.05 million -22.17
Stratasys Competitors $1.24 billion $53.01 million -40.63

Stratasys’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Stratasys. Stratasys is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Stratasys rivals beat Stratasys on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Stratasys

Stratasys, Inc. is a manufacturer of three-dimensional (3D) printers and rapid prototyping (RP) systems for the office-based RP and direct digital manufacturing (DDM) markets. The Company develops, manufactures and sells a product line of 3D printers and DDM systems (and related consumable materials) that create physical models from computer-aided design (CAD) designs. It also offer rapid prototyping and production part manufacturing services through its centers located in North America, Europe and Australia. In January 2009, the Company introduced the uPrint Personal 3D Printer. In January 2009, it began offering a thermoplastic for direct digital manufacturing and rapid prototyping called ULTEM 9085.

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