Systemax (NYSE: SYX) is one of 20 public companies in the “Catalog & mail-order houses” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Systemax to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, dividends and profitability.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Systemax 5.69% 26.57% 11.27%
Systemax Competitors -1.19% -1,754.91% -3.39%

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Systemax $1.27 billion $40.40 million 26.24
Systemax Competitors $13.26 billion $329.84 million 31.59

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

28.8% of Systemax shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.1% of shares of all “Catalog & mail-order houses” companies are owned by institutional investors. 69.0% of Systemax shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 30.6% of shares of all “Catalog & mail-order houses” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Systemax pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Systemax pays out 33.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Catalog & mail-order houses” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.4% and pay out 31.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Systemax lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Systemax and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Systemax 0 1 1 0 2.50
Systemax Competitors 143 601 2099 63 2.72

Systemax presently has a consensus price target of $45.00, suggesting a potential upside of 31.93%. As a group, “Catalog & mail-order houses” companies have a potential upside of 5.36%. Given Systemax’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Systemax is more favorable than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

Systemax has a beta of 0.23, suggesting that its share price is 77% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Systemax’s competitors have a beta of 1.44, suggesting that their average share price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Systemax competitors beat Systemax on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Systemax

Systemax Inc. operates as a direct marketer of brand name and private label products. Its Industrial Products Group segment sells a range of maintenance, repair, and operation products, including storage and shelving, material handling, janitorial and maintenance, furniture and office, HVAC/R and fans, workbench and shop desks, safety and security, outdoor and grounds maintenance, tools and instruments, office and school supplies, plumbing and pumps, packaging and supplies, electrical and lighting, food service and appliances, raw materials and building supplies, motors and power transmission, pneumatics and hydraulics, medical and laboratory equipment, metalworking and cutting tools, vehicle maintenance, and fasteners and hardware in North America. This segment offers its products under the Global, GlobalIndustrial.com, Nexel Relius, Relius Solutions, Paramount, and Interion brand names. The company's Europe Technology Products Group segment sells information and communication technology products, such as servers-storage and backup, desktop computers, laptops, tablets, monitors, and mobile devices; computer parts and memory; computer components and accessories; networking and security; software; and electronics, and commercial and home networking products. This segment also provides TV and video products; audio products; cameras and surveillance products; GPS products; cell phones; video games; and home and electronics accessories. The company offers its products to for-profit businesses, educational organizations, and government entities through its relationship marketers, catalog mailings, and proprietary Internet Websites. Systemax Inc. was founded in 1949 and is headquartered in Port Washington, New York.

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