Box (NYSE: BOX) is one of 65 publicly-traded companies in the “Application Software” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Box to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

57.4% of Box shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.6% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are owned by institutional investors. 20.6% of Box shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.7% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are owned 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Box -34.11% -232.81% -32.96%
Box Competitors -62.15% -91.89% -16.29%

Risk & Volatility

Box has a beta of 1.23, suggesting that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Box’s competitors have a beta of 1.60, suggesting that their average share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Box and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Box $452.90 million -$117.70 million -17.00
Box Competitors $761.46 million $137.65 million -12.35

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Box and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Box 0 2 12 0 2.86
Box Competitors 179 1512 2873 96 2.62

Box currently has a consensus price target of $23.73, suggesting a potential upside of 18.28%. As a group, “Application Software” companies have a potential upside of 4.71%. Given Box’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Box is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Box competitors beat Box on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Box

Box, Inc. provides an enterprise content management platform that enables organizations of all sizes to manage enterprise content while allowing access and sharing of this content from anywhere, on any device. With the Company’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud-based platform, users can collaborate on content both internally and with external parties, automate content-driven business processes, develop custom applications, and implement data protection, security and compliance features to comply with internal policies and industry regulations. Its platform enables people to view, share and collaborate on content, across various file formats and media types. The software integrates with enterprise business applications, and is compatible with various application environments, operating systems and devices, ensuring that workers have access to their business content. It offers individuals a free basic version of the Box platform that allows them to experience its solution.

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