Crossroads Systems (NASDAQ: CRDS) is one of 25 publicly-traded companies in the “Computer Peripherals” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Crossroads Systems to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Crossroads Systems and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Crossroads Systems N/A N/A -1.78
Crossroads Systems Competitors $1.21 billion $51.68 million -46.32

Crossroads Systems’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Crossroads Systems. Crossroads Systems 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.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

7.5% of Crossroads Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.5% of shares of all “Computer Peripherals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 27.4% of Crossroads Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 18.1% of shares of all “Computer Peripherals” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crossroads Systems -518.75% -22.99% -7.88%
Crossroads Systems Competitors -39.59% -17.18% -7.82%

Risk and Volatility

Crossroads Systems has a beta of 2.75, indicating that its stock price is 175% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crossroads Systems’ competitors have a beta of 0.93, indicating that their average stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Crossroads Systems and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crossroads Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A
Crossroads Systems Competitors 49 252 426 13 2.54

As a group, “Computer Peripherals” companies have a potential upside of 18.06%. Given Crossroads Systems’ competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Crossroads Systems has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Crossroads Systems competitors beat Crossroads Systems on 6 of the 8 factors compared.

About Crossroads Systems

Crossroads Systems, Inc. is an intellectual property licensing company. The Company’s intellectual property assets are identified in two distinct categories: the first category is known as the 972 patent family and the second category is known as the non-972 patents. As of October 31, 2016, the 972 patent family consisted of 31 patents and pending patents that are primarily concentrated around access controls. As of October 31, 2016, the non-972 patents consisted of 140 patents and pending patents that are primarily directed to five product families: optimizing command processing, enabling interoperability, managing networks, enhancing tape libraries and improving data systems. As of October 31, 2016, approximately 50 companies have licensed 972 patents from the Company. The Company’s subsidiaries include Crossroads Systems (Texas), Inc. and Crossroads Europe GmbH.

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