SciQuest (NASDAQ: SQI) is one of 120 publicly-traded companies in the “Software” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare SciQuest to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

59.2% of shares of all “Software” companies are owned by institutional investors. 18.3% of shares of all “Software” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares SciQuest and its competitors’ 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 -44.85% -24.83% -9.77%

Volatility and Risk

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for SciQuest and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SciQuest 0 0 0 0 N/A
SciQuest Competitors 270 2050 4343 84 2.63

As a group, “Software” companies have a potential upside of 4.02%. Given SciQuest’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe SciQuest has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SciQuest and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
SciQuest N/A N/A 161.38
SciQuest Competitors $1.49 billion $438.71 million 38.53

SciQuest’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than SciQuest. SciQuest 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.

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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