Reviewing Silver Spring Networks (SSNI) and Its Competitors

Silver Spring Networks (NYSE: SSNI) is one of 182 publicly-traded companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Silver Spring Networks to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

76.1% of Silver Spring Networks shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.0% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by institutional investors. 25.2% of Silver Spring Networks shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Silver Spring Networks has a beta of 1.6, suggesting that its stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Silver Spring Networks’ competitors have a beta of 1.12, suggesting that their average stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Silver Spring Networks and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Silver Spring Networks 0 10 2 0 2.17
Silver Spring Networks Competitors 724 4577 7311 170 2.54

Silver Spring Networks currently has a consensus target price of $14.95, indicating a potential downside of 7.92%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential upside of 4.77%. Given Silver Spring Networks’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Silver Spring Networks has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Silver Spring Networks and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Silver Spring Networks $311.01 million -$21.62 million -19.33
Silver Spring Networks Competitors $2.79 billion $289.83 million 312.11

Silver Spring Networks’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Silver Spring Networks. Silver Spring Networks 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 Silver Spring Networks and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Silver Spring Networks -10.28% N/A -6.07%
Silver Spring Networks Competitors -19.89% -253.54% -3.65%

Summary

Silver Spring Networks competitors beat Silver Spring Networks on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Silver Spring Networks Company Profile

Silver Spring Networks, Inc. is engaged in creating, building and deploying large-scale networks and solutions enabling the Internet of things (IoT) for critical infrastructure. The Company provides a networking platform and solutions that enable utilities to transform the power grid infrastructure into the smart grid. Its networking platform enables customers to communicate with devices connected to the power grid. Its networking platform comprises hardware, such as access points and relays; its communications modules; its SilverLinkOS network operating software, and its GridScape management and security software. It offers solutions built upon SilverLink Network and Data platforms, including advanced metering, distribution automation, demand-side management, street lights and its wireless Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6) network service for the IoT, Starfish. Through its managed application services, it manages the SilverLink Control Platform and SilverLink Applications.

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