Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE: SFE) is one of 55 publicly-traded companies in the “Investment Management & Fund Operators” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Safeguard Scientifics to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

77.6% of Safeguard Scientifics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.1% of shares of all “Investment Management & Fund Operators” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of Safeguard Scientifics shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of shares of all “Investment Management & Fund Operators” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Safeguard Scientifics and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Safeguard Scientifics 0 0 0 0 N/A
Safeguard Scientifics Competitors 275 1621 1748 57 2.43

As a group, “Investment Management & Fund Operators” companies have a potential upside of 4.03%. Given Safeguard Scientifics’ rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Safeguard Scientifics has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Risk and Volatility

Safeguard Scientifics has a beta of 1.32, suggesting that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Safeguard Scientifics’ rivals have a beta of 1.23, suggesting that their average share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Safeguard Scientifics and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Safeguard Scientifics N/A -$17.72 million -2.82
Safeguard Scientifics Competitors $2.88 billion $924.32 million 7.21

Safeguard Scientifics’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Safeguard Scientifics. Safeguard Scientifics 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Safeguard Scientifics N/A -61.90% -42.77%
Safeguard Scientifics Competitors -44.72% 7.65% 5.15%

Summary

Safeguard Scientifics rivals beat Safeguard Scientifics on 6 of the 9 factors compared.

About Safeguard Scientifics

Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. is engaged in providing capital to technology companies within the fields of healthcare, financial services and digital media. The Company holds interest in companies, which it refers to as partner companies. As of December 31, 2016, the Company held interests in 29 non-consolidated partner companies. The Company offers operational and management support to each of its partner companies. In addition to management and operational support, the Company offers ongoing planning and development assessment. It provides mentoring, advice and guidance to develop partner company management. The Company serves on the boards of directors of its partner companies, working with them to develop and implement strategic and operating plans. It measures and monitors achievement of these plans through regular review of operational and financial performance measurements.

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