Shutterstock (NYSE: SSTK) is one of 50 public companies in the “Internet Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Shutterstock to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

63.0% of Shutterstock shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.3% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 47.3% of Shutterstock shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.9% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Shutterstock and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Shutterstock $517.47 million $57.99 million 40.89
Shutterstock Competitors $940.57 million $116.37 million 54.06

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


This table compares Shutterstock and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Shutterstock 5.59% 11.08% 6.34%
Shutterstock Competitors 0.37% 27.20% 6.30%

Risk & Volatility

Shutterstock has a beta of 1.45, meaning that its stock price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Shutterstock’s competitors have a beta of 1.36, meaning that their average stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Shutterstock and its competitors, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Shutterstock 1 6 0 0 1.86
Shutterstock Competitors 440 1687 2624 104 2.49

Shutterstock currently has a consensus target price of $38.40, indicating a potential upside of 15.94%. As a group, “Internet Services” companies have a potential upside of 5.35%. Given Shutterstock’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Shutterstock is more favorable than its competitors.


Shutterstock competitors beat Shutterstock on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Shutterstock Company Profile

Shutterstock, Inc. (Shutterstock) is a global technology company that operates a two-sided marketplace for professionals to license content. The Company’s library of content includes digital imagery, which consists of licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations and video clips that customers use in their visual communications, such as Websites, digital and print marketing materials, corporate communications, books, publications and video content, and commercial music, which consists of music tracks and sound effects and which is often used to complement digital imagery. It also offers digital asset management services through its cloud-based digital asset management platform (webdam). Its global marketplace brings together users and contributors of content by providing a collection of content its customers can pay to license and incorporate into their work and by compensating contributors as their content is licensed to customers.

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