HP (NYSE: HPQ) is one of 31 public companies in the “Computer Hardware” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare HP to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HP 4.66% -64.93% 9.10%
HP Competitors 3.86% 10.17% 6.05%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

79.2% of HP shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.0% of shares of all “Computer Hardware” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of HP shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of shares of all “Computer Hardware” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for HP and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HP 0 8 13 0 2.62
HP Competitors 267 1410 3170 116 2.63

HP presently has a consensus target price of $20.93, indicating a potential upside of 2.57%. As a group, “Computer Hardware” companies have a potential downside of 6.52%. Given HP’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe HP is more favorable than its rivals.

Dividends

HP pays an annual dividend of $0.53 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. HP pays out 38.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Computer Hardware” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.2% and pay out 70.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
HP $50.64 billion $4.20 billion 14.78
HP Competitors $21.04 billion $4.38 billion 20.27

HP has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. HP 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.

Volatility & Risk

HP has a beta of 1.94, meaning that its stock price is 94% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HP’s rivals have a beta of 1.29, meaning that their average stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

HP rivals beat HP on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About HP

HP Inc. is a provider of products, technologies, software, solutions and services to individual consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses, and enterprises, including customers in the government, health and education sectors. The Company provides personal computing and other access devices, imaging and printing products, and related technologies, solutions and services. Its segments include Personal Systems, Printing and Corporate Investments. The Personal Systems segment provides Commercial personal computers (PCs), Consumer PCs, workstations, thin clients, Commercial tablets and mobility devices, retail point-of-sale systems, displays and other accessories, software, support and services for the commercial and consumer markets. The Printing segment provides consumer and commercial printer hardware, supplies, media, solutions and services, as well as scanning devices. The Corporate Investments segment includes the operations of HP Labs and certain business incubation projects.

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