MicroStrategy (NASDAQ: MSTR) is one of 101 public companies in the “Enterprise Software” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare MicroStrategy to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for MicroStrategy and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MicroStrategy 0 4 1 0 2.20
MicroStrategy Competitors 370 2198 4136 119 2.59

MicroStrategy currently has a consensus price target of $155.75, indicating a potential upside of 13.33%. As a group, “Enterprise Software” companies have a potential downside of 0.86%. Given MicroStrategy’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe MicroStrategy is more favorable than its competitors.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

67.4% of MicroStrategy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.8% of shares of all “Enterprise Software” companies are owned by institutional investors. 21.8% of MicroStrategy shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 22.9% of shares of all “Enterprise Software” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

MicroStrategy has a beta of 0.66, suggesting that its stock price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MicroStrategy’s competitors have a beta of 1.05, suggesting that their average stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MicroStrategy 14.81% 12.90% 9.48%
MicroStrategy Competitors -20.73% -193.42% -6.80%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares MicroStrategy and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
MicroStrategy $512.16 million $90.90 million 42.29
MicroStrategy Competitors $1.76 billion $288.64 million 2.86

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


MicroStrategy competitors beat MicroStrategy on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

MicroStrategy Company Profile

MicroStrategy Incorporated is a provider of enterprise software platforms around the world. The Company is engaged in the design, development, marketing and sales of its software platform through licensing arrangements, and cloud-based subscriptions and related services. It focuses on providing enterprise customers with software platform and services for deploying intelligence applications. Its platform, MicroStrategy 10, consolidates analytics and mobility in a single platform, available both as on-premise software and as a hosted service offering in MicroStrategy Cloud. Its enterprise platform combines business intelligence functionality with data discovery, mobile analytics and identity intelligence generated by digital credentials. MicroStrategy 10 consists of MicroStrategy Analytics, MicroStrategy Mobile and Usher. MicroStrategy Analytics offers solutions to organizations to analyze a range of data and distribute actionable business insight throughout an enterprise.

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