Twilio (NYSE: TWLO) is one of 63 public companies in the “Application Software” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Twilio to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Twilio and its rivals, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Twilio 1 2 14 0 2.76
Twilio Competitors 231 1670 2861 109 2.58

Twilio presently has a consensus target price of $37.93, suggesting a potential upside of 23.04%. As a group, “Application Software” companies have a potential upside of 10.30%. Given Twilio’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Twilio is more favorable than its rivals.

Risk & Volatility

Twilio has a beta of 3.26, meaning that its stock price is 226% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Twilio’s rivals have a beta of 1.68, meaning that their average stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

84.3% of Twilio shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.7% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are held by institutional investors. 16.0% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Twilio -13.42% -15.40% -12.25%
Twilio Competitors -61.22% -92.97% -15.96%

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Twilio $336.73 million -$34.74 million -59.29
Twilio Competitors $777.96 million $141.28 million -10.55

Twilio’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Twilio. Twilio 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.


Twilio beats its rivals on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About Twilio

Twilio Inc. offers Cloud Communications Platform, which enables developers to build, scale and operate real-time communications within software applications. The Company’s platform consists of Programmable Communications Cloud, Super Network and Business Model for Innovators. Its Programmable Communications Cloud software enables developers to embed voice, messaging, video and authentication capabilities into their applications through its Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Its Programmable Communications Cloud offers building blocks that enable its customers to build what they need. Its Programmable Communications Cloud includes Programmable Voice, Programmable Messaging, Programmable Video and Use Case APIs. The Super Network is its software layer that allows its customers’ software to communicate with connected devices globally. It interconnects with communications networks around the world.

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