Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) is one of 23 publicly-traded companies in the “Computer Peripherals” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Stratasys to related companies based on the strength of its risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

67.0% of Stratasys shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.5% of shares of all “Computer Peripherals” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.3% of Stratasys shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 18.1% of shares of all “Computer Peripherals” companies are held 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stratasys -8.33% 0.29% 0.24%
Stratasys Competitors -43.29% -18.86% -8.39%

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Stratasys $665.63 million $30.05 million -22.71
Stratasys Competitors $1.24 billion $53.00 million -44.68

Stratasys’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Stratasys. Stratasys 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.

Volatility and Risk

Stratasys has a beta of 1.22, suggesting that its share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stratasys’ peers have a beta of 0.93, suggesting that their average share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Stratasys and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stratasys 5 9 4 0 1.94
Stratasys Competitors 48 246 423 13 2.55

Stratasys currently has a consensus target price of $24.21, suggesting a potential downside of 0.35%. As a group, “Computer Peripherals” companies have a potential upside of 18.65%. Given Stratasys’ peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Stratasys has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Stratasys peers beat Stratasys on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Stratasys Company Profile

Stratasys, Inc. is a manufacturer of three-dimensional (3D) printers and rapid prototyping (RP) systems for the office-based RP and direct digital manufacturing (DDM) markets. The Company develops, manufactures and sells a product line of 3D printers and DDM systems (and related consumable materials) that create physical models from computer-aided design (CAD) designs. It also offer rapid prototyping and production part manufacturing services through its centers located in North America, Europe and Australia. In January 2009, the Company introduced the uPrint Personal 3D Printer. In January 2009, it began offering a thermoplastic for direct digital manufacturing and rapid prototyping called ULTEM 9085.

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