Blucora (NASDAQ: BCOR) is one of 51 publicly-traded companies in the “Internet Services” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Blucora to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Blucora -0.46% 11.94% 5.80%
Blucora Competitors -0.25% 26.46% 6.10%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Blucora and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Blucora $455.91 million -$65.15 million -232.75
Blucora Competitors $1.03 billion $121.10 million 48.92

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Blucora and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Blucora 0 1 3 0 2.75
Blucora Competitors 406 1592 2670 89 2.51

Blucora currently has a consensus target price of $25.33, indicating a potential upside of 20.92%. As a group, “Internet Services” companies have a potential upside of 2.95%. Given Blucora’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Blucora is more favorable than its competitors.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.4% of Blucora shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.7% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 14.1% of Blucora shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.2% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Blucora has a beta of -0.27, indicating that its stock price is 127% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Blucora’s competitors have a beta of 1.31, indicating that their average stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Blucora competitors beat Blucora on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

About Blucora

Blucora, Inc. is a provider of technology-enabled financial solutions to consumers, small business owners and tax professionals. The Company operates through the Wealth Management and Tax Preparation segments. The Company’s Wealth Management segment consists of HD Vest, which provides financial advisors with an integrated platform of brokerage, investment advisory and insurance services to assist in making each financial advisor a financial service center for his/her clients The Company’s Tax Preparation segment provides digital do-it-yourself (DDIY) tax preparation solutions for consumers, small business owners and tax professionals. TaxAct, a provider of digital tax preparation solutions. HD Vest’s specialized model provides an open-architecture investment platform and technology tools to help financial advisors identify investment opportunities for their clients. TaxAct offers pricing and packaging options for tax professionals.

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