Polycom (NASDAQ: PLCM) is one of 67 public companies in the “Communications & Networking” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Polycom to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Polycom and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Polycom 0 0 0 0 N/A
Polycom Competitors 362 2392 3921 154 2.57

As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 22.43%. Given Polycom’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Polycom has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk & Volatility

Polycom has a beta of 1.41, indicating that its stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Polycom’s peers have a beta of 1.17, indicating that their average stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Polycom N/A N/A 77.94
Polycom Competitors $2.88 billion $623.96 million 27.31

Polycom’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Polycom. Polycom 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.4% of Polycom shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.0% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of Polycom shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.4% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Polycom -3.47% -3.73% -2.23%
Polycom Competitors -1.82% -6.57% 0.51%

Summary

Polycom peers beat Polycom on 5 of the 8 factors compared.

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. (Polycom) offers solutions for voice, video and content sharing and a line of support and service solutions. The Company operates in Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific (APAC) geographic segments. The Company’s video, voice and content-management and content-sharing solutions include applications for mobile devices, browser-based video collaboration, cloud-delivered services, conference room systems and home/work office solutions and immersive telepresence. It offers various products and solutions, which include UC Group Systems, UC Platform and UC Personal Devices. UC Group Systems includes group video, group voice and immersive telepresence systems. UC Platform includes universal collaboration servers, virtualization management, resource management, recording and streaming, and remote access technologies that constitute the RealPresence Platform. UC Personal Devices includes group video, group voice and immersive telepresence systems.

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