Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD) is one of 65 publicly-traded companies in the “Communications & Networking” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Riverbed Technology to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and earnings.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Riverbed Technology 17.55% 24.83% 10.64%
Riverbed Technology Competitors 0.57% -3.80% 2.17%

Risk and Volatility

Riverbed Technology has a beta of 2.02, suggesting that its stock price is 102% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Riverbed Technology’s peers have a beta of 1.21, suggesting that their average stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Riverbed Technology and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Riverbed Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A
Riverbed Technology Competitors 373 2464 4027 164 2.57

As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 15.04%. Given Riverbed Technology’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Riverbed Technology has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Riverbed Technology and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Riverbed Technology N/A N/A 47.70
Riverbed Technology Competitors $3.30 billion $346.33 million -54.37

Riverbed Technology’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Riverbed Technology. Riverbed Technology 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

64.6% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.1% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

About Riverbed Technology

Riverbed Technology, Inc. (Riverbed) is a provider of application performance infrastructure. The Company offers a platform to deliver, control and optimize IT resources across the hybrid enterprise. The Riverbed Application Performance Platform delivers application performance infrastructure solutions with a focus on two areas, which include application acceleration and performance management. The Wide area network (WAN) optimization for application acceleration includes Riverbed SteelHead, which provides WAN optimization solution, and Riverbed SteelFusion, which provides branch converged infrastructure. The Company’s application acceleration solutions also include Riverbed SteelApp, an application delivery controller (ADC). The Company’s performance management solution includes Riverbed SteelCentral, a performance management suite that combines its application-aware network performance management and application performance management control suite.

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