SciQuest (NASDAQ: SQI) is one of 118 publicly-traded companies in the “Software” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare SciQuest to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for SciQuest and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SciQuest 0 0 0 0 N/A
SciQuest Competitors 263 2001 4262 84 2.63

As a group, “Software” companies have a potential upside of 3.90%. Given SciQuest’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe SciQuest has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk & Volatility

SciQuest has a beta of 1.24, indicating that its stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SciQuest’s peers have a beta of 0.98, indicating that their average stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

61.0% of shares of all “Software” companies are held by institutional investors. 17.8% of shares of all “Software” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SciQuest 3.93% 2.23% 1.59%
SciQuest Competitors -43.22% -25.22% -9.86%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SciQuest and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
SciQuest N/A N/A 161.38
SciQuest Competitors $1.52 billion $446.91 million 40.35

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

About SciQuest

SciQuest, Inc. is a United States-based public provider of spend management solutions. The Company’s offers a range of solutions, such as Spend Director, Spend Radar, Sourcing Director, Advanced Sourcing Optimizer, Total Contract Manager, Total Supplier Manager, Enterprise Reagent Manager, Accounts Payable Director, Supplier Network and Portfolio Savings Manager. Its Spend Director is an e-procurement software, which allows users’ to integrate and automate processes, suppliers, compliance and workflows. Its Portfolio Savings Manager is a cloud-based savings management software that integrates project forecasting, initiative approval workflows and real-time savings. Its chemical inventory management software, Enterprise Reagent Manager (ERM), allows scientific staff in the organization to find, source and track commercial and proprietary chemicals, reagents and lab supplies. Its Total Contract Manager is a Contract Lifecycle Management solution that offers real-time updates.

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