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

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Geeknet and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Geeknet N/A N/A -13.50
Geeknet Competitors $5.37 billion $932.47 million 254.58

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

54.1% of shares of all “E-commerce & Auction Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 17.1% of shares of all “E-commerce & Auction Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Geeknet and its competitors, as provided 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 22.84%. Given Geeknet’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Geeknet has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk & Volatility

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

Profitability

This table compares Geeknet and its competitors’ 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 -10.80% -30.33% -7.07%

Summary

Geeknet competitors beat Geeknet on 7 of the 8 factors compared.

About Geeknet

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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