Box (NYSE: BOX) is one of 65 publicly-traded companies in the “Application Software” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Box to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Box and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Box 0 2 12 0 2.86
Box Competitors 178 1508 2858 96 2.62

Box currently has a consensus target price of $23.64, suggesting a potential upside of 23.11%. As a group, “Application Software” companies have a potential upside of 4.86%. Given Box’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Box is more favorable than its peers.

Volatility and Risk

Box has a beta of 1.22, suggesting that its share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Box’s peers have a beta of 1.60, suggesting that their average share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

57.4% of Box shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.6% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are held by institutional investors. 20.6% of Box shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.7% 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 stock is poised for long-term growth.

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 -62.15% -91.89% -16.29%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Box and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Box $452.90 million -$117.70 million -16.27
Box Competitors $761.46 million $137.65 million -12.25

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.

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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