IRIS International (NASDAQ: IRIS) is one of 57 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil Related Services and Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare IRIS International to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings, profitability and risk.

Volatility and Risk

IRIS International has a beta of 1.37, suggesting that its share price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IRIS International’s competitors have a beta of 1.60, suggesting that their average share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IRIS International -61.58% -36.70% -29.47%
IRIS International Competitors -17.56% -16.84% -5.66%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares IRIS International and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
IRIS International $47.70 million -$24.80 million -1.30
IRIS International Competitors $2.04 billion $273.76 million -37.36

IRIS International’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than IRIS International. IRIS International 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

68.9% of IRIS International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.8% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 9.7% of IRIS International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for IRIS International and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IRIS International 0 0 0 0 N/A
IRIS International Competitors 390 2016 2882 114 2.50

As a group, “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 21.07%. Given IRIS International’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe IRIS International has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

IRIS International competitors beat IRIS International on 8 of the 9 factors compared.

IRIS International Company Profile

Mitcham Industries, Inc. is a provider of equipment to the geophysical, oceanographic and hydrographic industries. The Company operates through two segments. The Equipment Leasing segment is primarily engaged in the leasing of seismic equipment to companies in the oil and gas industry across the world. The Equipment Manufacturing and Sales segment is engaged in the design, production and sale of marine seismic equipment, and oceanographic and hydrographic equipment. Its leasing business includes Mitcham Canada ULC, Seismic Asia Pacific Pty Ltd., Mitcham Seismic Eurasia LLC, Mitcham Europe Ltd. and Mitcham Marine Leasing Pte. Ltd. The Equipment Manufacturing and Sales Segment includes its Seamap International Holdings Pte, Ltd. (Seamap) business and Klein Marine Systems, Inc. (Klein). Seamap designs, manufactures and sells a range of products for the seismic, hydrographic and offshore industries. Klein develops and manufactures high performance side scan sonar systems.

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