Workiva (NYSE: WK) is one of 100 public companies in the “Enterprise Software” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Workiva to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Workiva -18.83% -13,251.94% -25.39%
Workiva Competitors -20.88% -214.66% -6.65%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

32.2% of Workiva shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.9% of shares of all “Enterprise Software” companies are held by institutional investors. 33.3% of Workiva shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 21.9% of shares of all “Enterprise Software” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Workiva and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Workiva $178.65 million -$43.97 million -24.45
Workiva Competitors $1.79 billion $295.20 million 18.57

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Workiva and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Workiva 0 3 3 0 2.50
Workiva Competitors 364 2183 4114 119 2.59

Workiva presently has a consensus target price of $21.83, suggesting a potential downside of 1.87%. As a group, “Enterprise Software” companies have a potential downside of 0.08%. Given Workiva’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Workiva has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Workiva peers beat Workiva on 9 of the 11 factors compared.

About Workiva

Workiva Inc. provides enterprises with cloud solutions for improving productivity, accountability and insight into business data. The Company created Wdesk, a collaborative work management platform for organizations to collect, link, report and analyze their business data. Wdesk’s word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications are integrated and built upon a data management engine, offering synchronized data, controlled collaboration, granular permissions and a full audit trail. As of December 31, 2016, it provided its platform to over 2,700 organizations. Wdesk enables coworkers to create, review and publish data-linked documents and reports with control, accuracy and productivity. With Wdesk data linking, changes are automatically updated in all linked instances, including numbers, text, charts and graphics throughout a customer’s spreadsheets, word-processing documents and presentation decks in the Wdesk platform.

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