Head-To-Head Analysis: Box (BOX) vs. The Competition

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


This table compares Box and its rivals’ 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% -92.97% -15.96%

Risk & Volatility

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

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Box 0 3 11 0 2.79
Box Competitors 231 1670 2861 109 2.58

Box presently has a consensus target price of $23.40, suggesting a potential upside of 28.78%. As a group, “Application Software” companies have a potential upside of 10.32%. Given Box’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Box is more favorable than its rivals.

Institutional and Insider 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 company insiders. Comparatively, 16.0% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Box $452.90 million -$117.70 million -15.40
Box Competitors $777.96 million $141.28 million -10.55

Box’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Box. Box 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.


Box rivals 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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