SharpSpring (NASDAQ: SHSP) is one of 194 publicly-traded companies in the “Prepackaged software” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare SharpSpring to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SharpSpring -44.79% -45.70% -30.52%
SharpSpring Competitors -8.86% -49.46% -1.81%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for SharpSpring and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SharpSpring 0 0 1 0 3.00
SharpSpring Competitors 1531 7225 13572 641 2.58

SharpSpring presently has a consensus price target of $12.00, indicating a potential downside of 4.38%. As a group, “Prepackaged software” companies have a potential upside of 20.42%. Given SharpSpring’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe SharpSpring has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Volatility and Risk

SharpSpring has a beta of -2.3, suggesting that its share price is 330% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SharpSpring’s rivals have a beta of -14.33, suggesting that their average share price is 1,533% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
SharpSpring $13.45 million -$4.97 million N/A
SharpSpring Competitors $1.83 billion $196.04 million -5.02

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

39.5% of SharpSpring shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.3% of shares of all “Prepackaged software” companies are owned by institutional investors. 28.3% of SharpSpring shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 21.4% of shares of all “Prepackaged software” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

SharpSpring rivals beat SharpSpring on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About SharpSpring

SharpSpring, Inc. operates as a cloud-based marketing technology company worldwide. The company offers SharpSpring, a marketing automation solution for small and mid-size businesses. It markets and sells its products and services through sales teams and third party resellers. The company was formerly known as SMTP, Inc. and changed its name to SharpSpring, Inc. in December 2015. SharpSpring, Inc. was incorporated in 1998 and is headquartered in Gainesville, Florida.

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