Exa Corporation (NASDAQ: EXA) is one of 114 publicly-traded companies in the “Software” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Exa Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Exa Corporation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Exa Corporation $72.69 million $1.48 million -47.06
Exa Corporation Competitors $1.57 billion $463.90 million 43.94

Exa Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Exa Corporation. Exa Corporation 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Exa Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Exa Corporation 0 1 3 0 2.75
Exa Corporation Competitors 388 2289 4339 114 2.59

Exa Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $16.50, indicating a potential upside of 9.56%. As a group, “Software” companies have a potential upside of 10.62%. Given Exa Corporation’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Exa Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Exa Corporation -6.46% -25.19% -7.40%
Exa Corporation Competitors -38.94% -44.31% -9.68%

Risk & Volatility

Exa Corporation has a beta of 0.41, suggesting that its stock price is 59% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Exa Corporation’s peers have a beta of 0.98, suggesting that their average stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

76.0% of Exa Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.1% of shares of all “Software” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.5% of Exa Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 19.9% of shares of all “Software” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

About Exa Corporation

Exa Corporation develops, sells and supports simulation software and services that manufacturers use in design and engineering processes. The Company focuses primarily on the ground transportation market, including manufacturers in the passenger vehicle, highway truck, off-highway vehicle and train markets, as well as their suppliers. Its product, PowerFLOW, is a software solution for simulating fluid flow problems, including aerodynamics, thermal management and aeroacoustics, or wind noise. PowerFLOW uses its Digital Physics technology that enables it to predict fluid flows. PowerFLOW directly simulates unpredictable turbulent scales. The PowerFLOW software suite includes the simulation engine and grid generation engine, along with pre- and post-processing software products. The software is delivered in client/server architecture, or through its cloud-based offering, ExaCLOUD. With the ExaCLOUD solution, various client features and functions are accessed through a Web browser.

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