Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD) is one of 64 public companies in the “Communications & Networking” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Riverbed Technology to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Riverbed Technology and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Riverbed Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A
Riverbed Technology Competitors 380 2494 4041 165 2.56

As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 10.61%. Given Riverbed Technology’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Riverbed Technology has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Volatility & Risk

Riverbed Technology has a beta of 2.02, meaning that its stock price is 102% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Riverbed Technology’s peers have a beta of 1.14, meaning that their average stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

63.6% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by institutional investors. 13.0% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Riverbed Technology 17.55% 24.83% 10.64%
Riverbed Technology Competitors -2.79% -9.17% -0.86%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Riverbed Technology and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Riverbed Technology N/A N/A 47.70
Riverbed Technology Competitors $3.30 billion $346.31 million -83.59

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

Riverbed Technology Company Profile

Riverbed Technology, Inc. (Riverbed) is a provider of application performance infrastructure. The Company offers a platform to deliver, control and optimize IT resources across the hybrid enterprise. The Riverbed Application Performance Platform delivers application performance infrastructure solutions with a focus on two areas, which include application acceleration and performance management. The Wide area network (WAN) optimization for application acceleration includes Riverbed SteelHead, which provides WAN optimization solution, and Riverbed SteelFusion, which provides branch converged infrastructure. The Company’s application acceleration solutions also include Riverbed SteelApp, an application delivery controller (ADC). The Company’s performance management solution includes Riverbed SteelCentral, a performance management suite that combines its application-aware network performance management and application performance management control suite.

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