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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Shutterstock and its competitors, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Shutterstock 1 6 0 0 1.86
Shutterstock Competitors 445 1704 2646 106 2.49

Shutterstock currently has a consensus target price of $38.40, indicating a potential upside of 15.35%. As a group, “Internet Services” companies have a potential upside of 2.68%. Given Shutterstock’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Shutterstock is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Shutterstock and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Shutterstock $517.47 million $57.99 million 41.10
Shutterstock Competitors $942.22 million $116.70 million 53.29

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

62.9% of Shutterstock shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.3% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 47.3% of Shutterstock shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.2% of shares of all “Internet Services” 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 Shutterstock and its competitors’ 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 -0.62% 26.67% 6.09%

Risk and Volatility

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


Shutterstock competitors 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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