Shutterstock (NYSE: SSTK) is one of 50 public companies in the “Internet Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Shutterstock to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Shutterstock 5.59% 11.08% 6.34%
Shutterstock Competitors 0.37% 27.20% 6.30%

Volatility and Risk

Shutterstock has a beta of 1.45, suggesting that its share price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Shutterstock’s rivals have a beta of 1.36, suggesting that their average share price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

63.0% of Shutterstock shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.6% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 47.3% of Shutterstock shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 20.3% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Shutterstock $517.47 million $57.99 million 41.53
Shutterstock Competitors $940.57 million $116.37 million 54.28

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Shutterstock and its rivals, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Shutterstock 1 6 0 0 1.86
Shutterstock Competitors 440 1685 2622 104 2.49

Shutterstock currently has a consensus target price of $38.40, suggesting a potential upside of 14.15%. As a group, “Internet Services” companies have a potential upside of 5.85%. Given Shutterstock’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Shutterstock is more favorable than its rivals.


Shutterstock rivals beat Shutterstock on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Shutterstock

Shutterstock, Inc. (Shutterstock) is a global technology company that operates a two-sided marketplace for professionals to license content. The Company’s library of content includes digital imagery, which consists of licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations and video clips that customers use in their visual communications, such as Websites, digital and print marketing materials, corporate communications, books, publications and video content, and commercial music, which consists of music tracks and sound effects and which is often used to complement digital imagery. It also offers digital asset management services through its cloud-based digital asset management platform (webdam). Its global marketplace brings together users and contributors of content by providing a collection of content its customers can pay to license and incorporate into their work and by compensating contributors as their content is licensed to customers.

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