NetScout Systems (NASDAQ: NTCT) is one of 196 public companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare NetScout Systems to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares NetScout Systems and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|NetScout Systems||$1.12 billion||$201.03 million||165.80|
|NetScout Systems Competitors||$2.14 billion||$366.28 million||16.91|
NetScout Systems’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than NetScout Systems. NetScout Systems 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
60.9% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of NetScout Systems shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.8% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Volatility & Risk
NetScout Systems has a beta of 1.6, meaning that its stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NetScout Systems’ peers have a beta of 1.27, meaning that their average stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares NetScout Systems and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|NetScout Systems Competitors||-20.94%||-52.76%||-4.36%|
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for NetScout Systems and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|NetScout Systems Competitors||683||4448||7454||168||2.56|
NetScout Systems presently has a consensus target price of $39.50, suggesting a potential upside of 25.40%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential downside of 0.98%. Given NetScout Systems’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe NetScout Systems is more favorable than its peers.
NetScout Systems peers beat NetScout Systems on 7 of the 13 factors compared.
About NetScout Systems
NetScout Systems, Inc. (NetScout) provides operational intelligence and performance analytics for service assurance and cyber security solutions. The Company’s solutions are used in various service provider, enterprise and government networks. Its nGenius and Infinistream technologies, along with certain product lines from the acquired businesses, enable information technology (IT) organizations to manage service delivery quality, and identify and address business service performance issues and security threats. The Company’s manufacturing operations consist of final product assembly, configuration and testing. The Company’s nGeniusONE Service Assurance Solution is used to support NetScout’s enterprise, service provider and government customers. The Company’s Intelligent Data Sources, marketed under the Infinistream brand, provide collection and analysis of high-volume packet-flow data from across the network that is displayed through the nGeniusONE Service Assurance Solution.
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