BLACKLINE INC (NASDAQ: BL) is one of 115 public companies in the “Software” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare BLACKLINE INC to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

77.7% of BLACKLINE INC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.4% of shares of all “Software” companies are owned by institutional investors. 22.4% of BLACKLINE INC shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 20.0% of shares of all “Software” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BLACKLINE INC -27.89% -6.54% -4.23%
BLACKLINE INC Competitors -39.92% -43.94% -9.89%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares BLACKLINE INC and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
BLACKLINE INC $148.46 million -$13.08 million -38.49
BLACKLINE INC Competitors $1.55 billion $457.86 million 42.15

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for BLACKLINE INC and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BLACKLINE INC 0 3 6 0 2.67
BLACKLINE INC Competitors 388 2299 4368 115 2.59

BLACKLINE INC presently has a consensus target price of $35.40, indicating a potential upside of 5.70%. As a group, “Software” companies have a potential upside of 9.53%. Given BLACKLINE INC’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe BLACKLINE INC has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

BLACKLINE INC beats its rivals on 7 of the 11 factors compared.

BLACKLINE INC Company Profile

BlackLine, Inc. is a holding company. The Company provides cloud-based software platform that is designed to automate and streamline accounting and finance operations. Its platform supports accounting processes, such as the financial close, account reconciliation, intercompany accounting and controls assurance. Its platform consists of seven core cloud-based products, including Account Reconciliation, Task Management, Transaction Matching, Journal Entry, Variance Analysis, Consolidation Integrity Manager and Daily Reconciliation. The Company’s solutions include Reconciliation Management and Financial Close Management and Insights. It operates through two geographical regions, which include the United States and International. As of December 31, 2016, its software integrated with, and obtained data from, more than 30 various enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, including NetSuite, Oracle and Workday, as well as many other financial systems and applications.

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