Reviewing SharpSpring (SHSP) & Its Competitors

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SharpSpring (NASDAQ: SHSP) is one of 194 publicly-traded companies in the “Prepackaged software” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare SharpSpring to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SharpSpring and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
SharpSpring $13.45 million -$4.97 million N/A
SharpSpring Competitors $1.83 billion $196.04 million -5.02

SharpSpring’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than SharpSpring.

Volatility & Risk

SharpSpring has a beta of -2.3, suggesting that its stock price is 330% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SharpSpring’s peers have a beta of -14.33, suggesting that their average stock price is 1,533% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SharpSpring -44.79% -45.70% -30.52%
SharpSpring Competitors -8.86% -49.46% -1.81%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

39.5% of SharpSpring shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.3% of shares of all “Prepackaged software” companies are held by institutional investors. 28.3% of SharpSpring shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.4% of shares of all “Prepackaged software” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for SharpSpring and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SharpSpring 0 0 1 0 3.00
SharpSpring Competitors 1531 7225 13572 641 2.58

SharpSpring currently has a consensus price target of $12.00, suggesting a potential downside of 4.38%. As a group, “Prepackaged software” companies have a potential upside of 20.42%. Given SharpSpring’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe SharpSpring has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

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

About SharpSpring

SharpSpring, Inc. operates as a cloud-based marketing technology company worldwide. The company offers SharpSpring, a marketing automation solution for small and mid-size businesses. It markets and sells its products and services through sales teams and third party resellers. The company was formerly known as SMTP, Inc. and changed its name to SharpSpring, Inc. in December 2015. SharpSpring, Inc. was incorporated in 1998 and is headquartered in Gainesville, Florida.

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