Head to Head Contrast: SEA (SE) vs. Its Peers

SEA (NYSE: SE) is one of 114 publicly-traded companies in the “Software” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare SEA to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

68.7% of SEA shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.5% of shares of all “Software” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of SEA shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 17.4% of shares of all “Software” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for SEA and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SEA 0 0 6 0 3.00
SEA Competitors 375 2314 4838 103 2.61

SEA presently has a consensus price target of $18.67, suggesting a potential upside of 65.19%. As a group, “Software” companies have a potential upside of 14.43%. Given SEA’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe SEA is more favorable than its peers.


This table compares SEA and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SEA -141.10% N/A -48.73%
SEA Competitors -49.30% -22.94% -6.79%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares SEA and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
SEA N/A N/A -6.61
SEA Competitors $2.26 billion $415.41 million 485.64

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


SEA peers beat SEA on 6 of the 11 factors compared.

SEA Company Profile

Sea Limited, formerly Garena Interactive Holding Limited, is an Internet company. The Company operates through three segments: digital entertainment, e-commerce and digital financial services. The Company has developed an integrated platform consisting of digital entertainment focused on online games, e-commerce, and digital financial services focused on e-wallet services. Its platforms include Garena, Shopee, and AirPay. Garena provides access to engaging mobile and personal computer (PC) online games, live streaming game play, as well as social features such as user chat and online forums. Shopee is an e-commerce marketplace where users come together to browse, shop and sell on-the-go, anytime, anywhere. AirPay App is the Company’s digital financial services business that provides e-wallet services to consumers through the AirPay App and to small businesses through the AirPay counter application.

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