Polycom (NASDAQ: PLCM) is one of 67 public companies in the “Communications & Networking” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Polycom to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.4% of Polycom shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.0% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Polycom shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.5% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Polycom -3.47% -3.73% -2.23%
Polycom Competitors -1.71% -6.54% 0.52%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Polycom and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Polycom N/A N/A 77.94
Polycom Competitors $2.88 billion $623.96 million 27.29

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Polycom and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Polycom 0 0 0 0 N/A
Polycom Competitors 362 2390 3913 152 2.57

As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 21.78%. Given Polycom’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Polycom has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility & Risk

Polycom has a beta of 1.41, indicating that its share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Polycom’s competitors have a beta of 1.17, indicating that their average share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Polycom competitors beat Polycom on 5 of the 8 factors compared.

Polycom Company Profile

Polycom, Inc. (Polycom) offers solutions for voice, video and content sharing and a line of support and service solutions. The Company operates in Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific (APAC) geographic segments. The Company’s video, voice and content-management and content-sharing solutions include applications for mobile devices, browser-based video collaboration, cloud-delivered services, conference room systems and home/work office solutions and immersive telepresence. It offers various products and solutions, which include UC Group Systems, UC Platform and UC Personal Devices. UC Group Systems includes group video, group voice and immersive telepresence systems. UC Platform includes universal collaboration servers, virtualization management, resource management, recording and streaming, and remote access technologies that constitute the RealPresence Platform. UC Personal Devices includes group video, group voice and immersive telepresence systems.

Receive News & Ratings for Polycom Inc Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Polycom Inc and related companies with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter.