Docusign (NASDAQ: DOCU) is one of 197 public companies in the “Prepackaged software” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Docusign to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and risk.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Docusign -60.84% -86.06% -30.84%
Docusign Competitors -38.92% -24.45% -3.63%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Docusign and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Docusign $700.97 million -$426.46 million -18.48
Docusign Competitors $1.91 billion $226.93 million 37.38

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

53.1% of Docusign shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.5% of shares of all “Prepackaged software” companies are held by institutional investors. 21.6% of shares of all “Prepackaged software” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Docusign and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Docusign 0 4 8 0 2.67
Docusign Competitors 1682 7887 14535 722 2.58

Docusign presently has a consensus price target of $61.55, indicating a potential upside of 14.87%. As a group, “Prepackaged software” companies have a potential upside of 4.02%. Given Docusign’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Docusign is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Docusign peers beat Docusign on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

Docusign Company Profile

DocuSign, Inc. provides cloud based transaction products and services in the United States. The company offers e-signature solution that enables businesses to digitally prepare, execute, and act on agreements. It serves large enterprises, sole proprietorships, small- to medium-sized businesses, professionals, and individuals. The company was 2003 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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