Barracuda Networks (NYSE: CUDA) is one of 195 public companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Barracuda Networks to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Risk and Volatility

Barracuda Networks has a beta of 3.27, suggesting that its stock price is 227% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Barracuda Networks’ rivals have a beta of 1.27, suggesting that their average stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Barracuda Networks 2.52% 197.30% 3.56%
Barracuda Networks Competitors -19.93% -51.29% -3.67%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Barracuda Networks and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Barracuda Networks $366.57 million $32.92 million 135.53
Barracuda Networks Competitors $2.12 billion $374.80 million 36.29

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.6% of Barracuda Networks shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.4% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by institutional investors. 13.9% of Barracuda Networks shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.4% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Barracuda Networks and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Barracuda Networks 0 4 10 0 2.71
Barracuda Networks Competitors 677 4375 7107 154 2.55

Barracuda Networks presently has a consensus price target of $28.38, indicating a potential upside of 23.20%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential downside of 1.57%. Given Barracuda Networks’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Barracuda Networks is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

Barracuda Networks beats its rivals on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

Barracuda Networks Company Profile

Barracuda Networks, Inc. designs and delivers security and data protection solutions. The Company offers cloud-enabled solutions that enable customers to address security threats, manage network performance, and protect and store their data. Its solutions are designed to manage information technology operations for its customers. Its security solutions include Barracuda Email Security, The Barracuda Web Security Gateway, Barracuda NextGen Firewalls, The Barracuda Web Application Firewall, The Barracuda Load Balancer ADC and The Barracuda SSL VPN. Its data protection solutions provide solutions for on-premises and cloud-based archiving and backup. Its data protection solutions include Barracuda Backup, Barracuda Message Archiver and CudaSign. Its solution suites combine its security and data protection offerings into services designed for cloud platforms and managed services environments. Its solution suites include Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 and Intronis ECHOplatform.

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