Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) is one of 65 public companies in the “Application Software” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Symantec Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings and risk.


Symantec Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Symantec Corporation pays out -49.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Application Software” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.1% and pay out -11,565.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Symantec Corporation lags its rivals as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Symantec Corporation -8.68% 10.73% 2.33%
Symantec Corporation Competitors -62.31% -92.19% -16.43%

Volatility & Risk

Symantec Corporation has a beta of 1.12, suggesting that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Symantec Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.61, suggesting that their average share price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Symantec Corporation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Symantec Corporation 2 14 10 0 2.31
Symantec Corporation Competitors 179 1514 2878 96 2.62

Symantec Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $31.43, suggesting a potential downside of 1.80%. As a group, “Application Software” companies have a potential upside of 5.68%. Given Symantec Corporation’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Symantec Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.5% of Symantec Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.6% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Symantec Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.7% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Symantec Corporation $4.31 billion $714.00 million -52.47
Symantec Corporation Competitors $761.46 million $137.65 million -12.28

Symantec Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Symantec Corporation 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.


Symantec Corporation rivals beat Symantec Corporation on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Symantec Corporation Company Profile

Symantec Corporation is a United States-based cyber security company. The Company offers products under categories, such as threat protection, information protection, cyber security services and Website security. Under threat protection, it offers Advanced Threat Protection, Endpoint Protection, Endpoint Protection Cloud, IT Management Suite, Email Security.Cloud, Data Center Security and Cloud Workload Protection products. Under the information protection category, it offers Data Loss Prevention, Encryption, Managed PKI, Service, VIP Access Manager, and Data Loss Prevention and CloudSOC products. The Company also offers consulting services, customer success services, cyber security services and education services. Its cyber security services include DeepSight Intelligence software, which provides an analysis of attacks. The Company offers the Blue Coat Security Platform, which provides Web security solutions for global enterprises and governments.

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