Reviewing ModusLink Global Solutions (NASDAQ:MLNK) & Its Competitors

ModusLink Global Solutions (NASDAQ: MLNK) is one of 181 public companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare ModusLink Global Solutions to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

56.2% of ModusLink Global Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.6% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of ModusLink Global Solutions shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.9% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

ModusLink Global Solutions has a beta of 0.82, suggesting that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ModusLink Global Solutions’ competitors have a beta of 1.12, suggesting that their average stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares ModusLink Global Solutions and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
ModusLink Global Solutions $436.62 million -$25.82 million -5.77
ModusLink Global Solutions Competitors $2.81 billion $290.95 million 331.33

ModusLink Global Solutions’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than ModusLink Global Solutions. ModusLink Global Solutions 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 ModusLink Global Solutions and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ModusLink Global Solutions -5.30% -34.64% -7.82%
ModusLink Global Solutions Competitors -21.97% -259.59% -3.62%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for ModusLink Global Solutions and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ModusLink Global Solutions 0 1 0 0 2.00
ModusLink Global Solutions Competitors 835 4730 7494 173 2.53

ModusLink Global Solutions presently has a consensus price target of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 246.32%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential downside of 8.16%. Given ModusLink Global Solutions’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe ModusLink Global Solutions is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

ModusLink Global Solutions competitors beat ModusLink Global Solutions on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

ModusLink Global Solutions Company Profile

ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. is a provider of supply chain and logistics services through its subsidiaries, ModusLink Corporation and ModusLink PTS, Inc. The Company provides services to companies in the consumer electronics, communications, computing, software, storage and retail industries. The Company operates through four segments: Americas, Asia, Europe and e-business. As of July 31, 2016, the Company operated in over 20 sites across North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. The Company’s Supply Chain Business operation’s solutions include material planning and factory supply; value-added warehousing and distribution; aftermarket services, including product returns management and product repair and recovery, and e-business, including e-commerce, contact center, entitlement management and financial management.

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