Reviewing Workday (WDAY) and Its Peers

Workday (NASDAQ: WDAY) is one of 61 publicly-traded companies in the “Application Software” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Workday to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Workday and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Workday -16.91% -19.73% -7.37%
Workday Competitors -25.89% -293.41% -15.27%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

67.5% of Workday shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.1% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are owned by institutional investors. 37.7% of Workday shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.4% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Workday has a beta of 1.82, suggesting that its share price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Workday’s peers have a beta of 3.82, suggesting that their average share price is 282% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Workday and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Workday 3 21 12 0 2.25
Workday Competitors 182 1522 2872 91 2.62

Workday currently has a consensus price target of $103.62, suggesting a potential upside of 0.67%. As a group, “Application Software” companies have a potential upside of 15.00%. Given Workday’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Workday has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Workday and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Workday $1.57 billion -$408.27 million -71.48
Workday Competitors $959.90 million $61.56 million 546.90

Workday has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. Workday 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.

Summary

Workday peers beat Workday on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Workday

Workday, Inc. is a provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. The Company delivers financial management, human capital management and analytics applications designed for various companies, educational institutions and government agencies. As part of its applications, the Company provides embedded analytics that capture the content and context of everyday business events, facilitating informed decision-making from wherever users are working. Its applications include Workday Financial Management, Workday Human Capital Management (HCM) and Other Applications. It also provides open, standards-based Web-services application programming interfaces, and pre-built packaged integrations and connectors. Workday Financial Management is a unified application with a range of financial capabilities, relevant analytics and metrics, and auditable process management. Workday HCM allows an organization to staff, pay, organize and develop its global workforce.

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