Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD) is one of 65 public companies in the “Communications & Networking” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Riverbed Technology to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Riverbed Technology and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Riverbed Technology 17.55% 24.83% 10.64%
Riverbed Technology Competitors -1.59% -7.75% 0.14%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Riverbed Technology and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Riverbed Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A
Riverbed Technology Competitors 389 2539 4090 165 2.56

As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 12.98%. Given Riverbed Technology’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Riverbed Technology has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

64.6% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 12.8% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are owned by 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.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Riverbed Technology N/A N/A 47.70
Riverbed Technology Competitors $3.30 billion $346.33 million -99.04

Riverbed Technology’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Riverbed Technology. Riverbed Technology is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

Riverbed Technology has a beta of 2.02, indicating that its stock price is 102% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Riverbed Technology’s competitors have a beta of 1.08, indicating that their average stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Riverbed Technology Company Profile

Riverbed Technology, Inc. (Riverbed) is a provider of application performance infrastructure. The Company offers a platform to deliver, control and optimize IT resources across the hybrid enterprise. The Riverbed Application Performance Platform delivers application performance infrastructure solutions with a focus on two areas, which include application acceleration and performance management. The Wide area network (WAN) optimization for application acceleration includes Riverbed SteelHead, which provides WAN optimization solution, and Riverbed SteelFusion, which provides branch converged infrastructure. The Company’s application acceleration solutions also include Riverbed SteelApp, an application delivery controller (ADC). The Company’s performance management solution includes Riverbed SteelCentral, a performance management suite that combines its application-aware network performance management and application performance management control suite.

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