Box (NYSE: BOX) is one of 63 public companies in the “Application Software” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Box to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, dividends, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

57.8% of Box shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.8% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are held by institutional investors. 22.3% of Box shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.0% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Box and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Box $452.90 million -$117.70 million -15.64
Box Competitors $769.36 million $137.09 million -10.12

Box’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Box. Box 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.

Volatility and Risk

Box has a beta of 1.24, meaning that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Box’s peers have a beta of 1.68, meaning that their average share price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Box -34.11% -232.81% -32.96%
Box Competitors -61.24% -92.99% -15.97%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Box and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Box 0 4 11 0 2.73
Box Competitors 227 1658 2835 109 2.59

Box currently has a consensus target price of $23.40, indicating a potential upside of 26.76%. As a group, “Application Software” companies have a potential upside of 1.86%. Given Box’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Box is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Box peers beat Box on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Box

Box, Inc. provides an enterprise content management platform that enables organizations of all sizes to manage enterprise content while allowing access and sharing of this content from anywhere, on any device. With the Company’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud-based platform, users can collaborate on content both internally and with external parties, automate content-driven business processes, develop custom applications, and implement data protection, security and compliance features to comply with internal policies and industry regulations. Its platform enables people to view, share and collaborate on content, across various file formats and media types. The software integrates with enterprise business applications, and is compatible with various application environments, operating systems and devices, ensuring that workers have access to their business content. It offers individuals a free basic version of the Box platform that allows them to experience its solution.

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