SMART Technologies (NASDAQ: SMT) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Computer Hardware” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare SMART Technologies to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

11.7% of SMART Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.0% of shares of all “Computer Hardware” companies are owned by institutional investors. 13.9% of shares of all “Computer Hardware” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SMART Technologies -9.52% N/A -17.44%
SMART Technologies Competitors 3.86% 10.24% 6.07%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for SMART Technologies and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SMART Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
SMART Technologies Competitors 267 1404 3160 116 2.63

As a group, “Computer Hardware” companies have a potential downside of 3.18%. Given SMART Technologies’ peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe SMART Technologies has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares SMART Technologies and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
SMART Technologies N/A N/A -0.82
SMART Technologies Competitors $21.04 billion $4.38 billion 20.66

SMART Technologies’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than SMART Technologies. SMART Technologies 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 & Risk

SMART Technologies has a beta of 1.38, suggesting that its stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SMART Technologies’ peers have a beta of 1.29, suggesting that their average stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

SMART Technologies peers beat SMART Technologies on 7 of the 8 factors compared.

SMART Technologies Company Profile

SMART Technologies Inc. (SMART) is a provider of technology solutions. SMART solutions include large-format displays, collaboration software and services that enable teaching, learning and work experiences in schools and workplaces. Its hardware and software products for the education market include SMART Board interactive flat panels, SMART kapp digital capture board, SMART Board interactive whiteboards, SMART Learning Suite Software, SMART Notebook collaborative learning software, SMART lab, SMART response 2, SMART amp collaborative learning software and SMART Exchange. It offers a range of visual collaboration solutions, consisting of software combined with touch-sensitive interactive displays and remote conferencing capabilities. Its hardware and software products for the enterprise market include SMART kapp iQ and SMART kapp iQ Pro, kapp digital capture board, SMART Room System for Microsoft Skype for Business, SMART Meeting Pro software and Bridgit conferencing software.

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