SMART Technologies (NASDAQ: SMT) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Computer Hardware” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare SMART Technologies to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares SMART Technologies and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SMART Technologies -9.52% N/A -17.44%
SMART Technologies Competitors 4.22% 10.64% 6.36%

Risk and Volatility

SMART Technologies has a beta of 1.38, meaning that its share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SMART Technologies’ peers have a beta of 1.28, meaning that their average share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for SMART Technologies and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SMART Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
SMART Technologies Competitors 311 1514 3194 123 2.61

As a group, “Computer Hardware” companies have a potential downside of 3.30%. Given SMART Technologies’ peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe SMART Technologies has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

11.7% of SMART Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.2% of shares of all “Computer Hardware” companies are owned by institutional investors. 13.8% of shares of all “Computer Hardware” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SMART Technologies and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
SMART Technologies N/A N/A -0.82
SMART Technologies Competitors $21.02 billion $4.40 billion 19.57

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

Summary

SMART Technologies peers beat SMART Technologies on 7 of the 8 factors compared.

SMART Technologies Company Profile

SMART Technologies Inc. (SMART) is a provider of technology solutions. SMART solutions include large-format displays, collaboration software and services that enable teaching, learning and work experiences in schools and workplaces. Its hardware and software products for the education market include SMART Board interactive flat panels, SMART kapp digital capture board, SMART Board interactive whiteboards, SMART Learning Suite Software, SMART Notebook collaborative learning software, SMART lab, SMART response 2, SMART amp collaborative learning software and SMART Exchange. It offers a range of visual collaboration solutions, consisting of software combined with touch-sensitive interactive displays and remote conferencing capabilities. Its hardware and software products for the enterprise market include SMART kapp iQ and SMART kapp iQ Pro, kapp digital capture board, SMART Room System for Microsoft Skype for Business, SMART Meeting Pro software and Bridgit conferencing software.

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