Workiva (WK) vs. The Competition Financial Survey

Workiva (NYSE: WK) is one of 97 publicly-traded companies in the “Enterprise Software” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Workiva to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Workiva has a beta of 0.68, meaning that its stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Workiva’s peers have a beta of 1.12, meaning that their average stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

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 -18.94% -13,251.94% -25.70%
Workiva Competitors -25.57% -221.71% -8.29%

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Workiva 0 3 3 0 2.50
Workiva Competitors 354 2087 3966 110 2.59

Workiva presently has a consensus price target of $21.33, suggesting a potential downside of 4.55%. As a group, “Enterprise Software” companies have a potential downside of 0.05%. Given Workiva’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Workiva has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Workiva $192.38 million -$32.38 million -25.11
Workiva Competitors $1.27 billion $348.12 million 34.27

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.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

32.4% of Workiva shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.2% of shares of all “Enterprise Software” companies are held by institutional investors. 33.3% of Workiva shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 23.5% of shares of all “Enterprise Software” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Workiva peers beat Workiva on 10 of the 12 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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