Box (BOX) and Its Competitors Financial Analysis

Box (NYSE: BOX) is one of 63 public companies in the “Application Software” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Box to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Box and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Box 0 3 11 0 2.79
Box Competitors 230 1668 2858 109 2.58

Box presently has a consensus target price of $23.40, suggesting a potential upside of 31.17%. As a group, “Application Software” companies have a potential upside of 12.89%. Given Box’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Box is more favorable than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

Box has a beta of 1.24, indicating that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Box’s competitors have a beta of 1.68, indicating that their average share price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Box $452.90 million -$117.70 million -15.12
Box Competitors $769.36 million $137.09 million -10.38

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Box -34.11% -232.81% -32.96%
Box Competitors -61.22% -92.96% -15.95%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

57.4% of Box shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.7% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are held by institutional investors. 22.3% of Box shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.0% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Box competitors beat Box on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Box

Box, Inc. provides an enterprise content management platform that enables organizations of all sizes to manage enterprise content while allowing access and sharing of this content from anywhere, on any device. With the Company’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud-based platform, users can collaborate on content both internally and with external parties, automate content-driven business processes, develop custom applications, and implement data protection, security and compliance features to comply with internal policies and industry regulations. Its platform enables people to view, share and collaborate on content, across various file formats and media types. The software integrates with enterprise business applications, and is compatible with various application environments, operating systems and devices, ensuring that workers have access to their business content. It offers individuals a free basic version of the Box platform that allows them to experience its solution.

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