Barracuda Networks (NYSE: CUDA) is one of 204 publicly-traded companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Barracuda Networks to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Barracuda Networks and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Barracuda Networks 2.52% 197.30% 3.56%
Barracuda Networks Competitors -19.69% -51.93% -3.66%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Barracuda Networks and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Barracuda Networks $352.65 million $10.23 million 130.88
Barracuda Networks Competitors $2.74 billion $282.94 million 181.68

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

65.6% of Barracuda Networks shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.1% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by institutional investors. 13.9% of Barracuda Networks shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.0% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Barracuda Networks has a beta of 3.22, indicating that its stock price is 222% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Barracuda Networks’ rivals have a beta of 1.13, indicating that their average stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Barracuda Networks and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Barracuda Networks 0 4 10 0 2.71
Barracuda Networks Competitors 705 4574 7312 163 2.54

Barracuda Networks currently has a consensus target price of $28.38, suggesting a potential upside of 27.57%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential downside of 1.89%. Given Barracuda Networks’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Barracuda Networks is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

Barracuda Networks beats its rivals on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Barracuda Networks Company Profile

Barracuda Networks, Inc. designs and delivers security and data protection solutions. The Company offers cloud-enabled solutions that enable customers to address security threats, manage network performance, and protect and store their data. Its solutions are designed to manage information technology operations for its customers. Its security solutions include Barracuda Email Security, The Barracuda Web Security Gateway, Barracuda NextGen Firewalls, The Barracuda Web Application Firewall, The Barracuda Load Balancer ADC and The Barracuda SSL VPN. Its data protection solutions provide solutions for on-premises and cloud-based archiving and backup. Its data protection solutions include Barracuda Backup, Barracuda Message Archiver and CudaSign. Its solution suites combine its security and data protection offerings into services designed for cloud platforms and managed services environments. Its solution suites include Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 and Intronis ECHOplatform.

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