Crossroads Systems (NASDAQ: CRDS) is one of 23 public companies in the “Computer Peripherals” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Crossroads Systems to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, valuation and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Crossroads Systems has a beta of 2.75, indicating that its share price is 175% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crossroads Systems’ peers have a beta of 0.93, indicating that their average share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

7.5% of Crossroads Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.5% of shares of all “Computer Peripherals” companies are held by institutional investors. 27.4% of Crossroads Systems shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 18.1% of shares of all “Computer Peripherals” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Crossroads Systems and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crossroads Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A
Crossroads Systems Competitors 49 247 423 13 2.55

As a group, “Computer Peripherals” companies have a potential upside of 16.22%. Given Crossroads Systems’ peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Crossroads Systems has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Crossroads Systems N/A N/A -1.78
Crossroads Systems Competitors $1.28 billion $54.79 million -46.67

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crossroads Systems -518.75% -22.99% -7.88%
Crossroads Systems Competitors -43.29% -18.86% -8.39%

Summary

Crossroads Systems peers beat Crossroads Systems on 5 of the 8 factors compared.

Crossroads Systems Company Profile

Crossroads Systems, Inc. is an intellectual property licensing company. The Company’s intellectual property assets are identified in two distinct categories: the first category is known as the 972 patent family and the second category is known as the non-972 patents. As of October 31, 2016, the 972 patent family consisted of 31 patents and pending patents that are primarily concentrated around access controls. As of October 31, 2016, the non-972 patents consisted of 140 patents and pending patents that are primarily directed to five product families: optimizing command processing, enabling interoperability, managing networks, enhancing tape libraries and improving data systems. As of October 31, 2016, approximately 50 companies have licensed 972 patents from the Company. The Company’s subsidiaries include Crossroads Systems (Texas), Inc. and Crossroads Europe GmbH.

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