Geeknet (NASDAQ: GKNT) is one of 30 public companies in the “E-commerce & Auction Services” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Geeknet to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

54.1% of shares of all “E-commerce & Auction Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 17.1% of shares of all “E-commerce & Auction Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Geeknet and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Geeknet 0 0 0 0 N/A
Geeknet Competitors 91 728 1638 90 2.68

As a group, “E-commerce & Auction Services” companies have a potential upside of 23.48%. Given Geeknet’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Geeknet has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Geeknet and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Geeknet N/A N/A -13.50
Geeknet Competitors $5.37 billion $932.47 million 275.00

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

Volatility and Risk

Geeknet has a beta of 0.28, indicating that its stock price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Geeknet’s rivals have a beta of 1.58, indicating that their average stock price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Geeknet -20.58% -25.85% -19.84%
Geeknet Competitors -11.85% -21.35% -7.58%

Summary

Geeknet rivals beat Geeknet on 8 of the 8 factors compared.

Geeknet Company Profile

Geeknet, Inc. (Geeknet) sells collectibles, apparel, gadgets, electronics, toys and other retail products for technology enthusiasts and general consumers through the ThinkGeek Website and exclusive products to the Company’s wholesale channel customers. The Company has three segments: Website, Wholesale and ThinkGeek Solutions. The ThinkGeek Solutions segment has been aggregated into the Website segment. The Website segment sells geek-themed retail products and video game-themed merchandise through the ThinkGeek Website and through the ThinkGeek Solutions Web-stores. The Wholesale segment sells primarily exclusive GeekLabs (the in-house product development team) products to brick-and-mortar retailers. The Company along with its subsidiaries, operates a business aimed at the global geek community, which includes technology enthusiasts, pop-culture aficionados and other fans. ThinkGeek, Inc. and ThinkGeek Solutions, Inc. are its two wholly owned subsidiaries.

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