Pluralsight (NASDAQ: PS) is one of 190 publicly-traded companies in the “Software – Application” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Pluralsight to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, valuation and risk.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pluralsight -36.06% -246.61% -31.06%
Pluralsight Competitors -7.63% -24.04% -0.56%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

68.3% of Pluralsight shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.5% of shares of all “Software – Application” companies are owned by institutional investors. 20.0% of shares of all “Software – Application” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Pluralsight and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pluralsight 0 1 7 0 2.88
Pluralsight Competitors 316 1759 3120 100 2.57

Pluralsight currently has a consensus price target of $35.26, indicating a potential upside of 19.91%. As a group, “Software – Application” companies have a potential upside of 19.94%. Given Pluralsight’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Pluralsight has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Pluralsight and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Pluralsight $232.03 million -$83.66 million -20.14
Pluralsight Competitors $456.48 million $13.64 million -8.04

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

Summary

Pluralsight competitors beat Pluralsight on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

Pluralsight Company Profile

Pluralsight, Inc. provides a technology skill development solutions worldwide. Its cloud-based technology skills platform offers a range of tools, including skill and role assessment tool, which uses machine learning and advanced algorithms to measure a user's skills, benchmark that user against others in the industry, and recommend opportunities for growth; and Course Library that include a digital ecosystem of thousands of on-demand courses across a range of technology subject areas, such as cloud, mobile, security, IT, and data. The company's platform also provides Learning Paths that are personalized to take users through a set of courses designed to help them master a particular subject area based on either an assessment or a user's goals; and business analytics tools, which enable business customers to evaluate the technology skills of their teams, align learning to key business objectives, determine the usage of platform, examine trends in skill development, and quantify the impact of platform on their business. It serves businesses and individuals. Pluralsight, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Farmington, Utah.

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