Systemax (NYSE: SYX) is one of 20 public companies in the “Catalog & mail-order houses” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Systemax to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Systemax and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Systemax $1.27 billion $40.40 million 22.13
Systemax Competitors $13.26 billion $329.84 million 27.92

Systemax’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Systemax. Systemax 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 Systemax and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Systemax 5.69% 26.57% 11.27%
Systemax Competitors -0.89% -5.02% -1.95%

Dividends

Systemax pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Systemax pays out 33.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Catalog & mail-order houses” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 31.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Systemax lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

28.8% of Systemax shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.1% of shares of all “Catalog & mail-order houses” companies are held by institutional investors. 69.0% of Systemax shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 30.6% of shares of all “Catalog & mail-order houses” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Systemax and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Systemax 0 1 1 0 2.50
Systemax Competitors 147 623 2122 64 2.71

Systemax presently has a consensus price target of $45.00, indicating a potential upside of 56.41%. As a group, “Catalog & mail-order houses” companies have a potential upside of 15.39%. Given Systemax’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Systemax is more favorable than its competitors.

Risk & Volatility

Systemax has a beta of 0.25, indicating that its stock price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Systemax’s competitors have a beta of 1.44, indicating that their average stock price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Systemax competitors beat Systemax on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Systemax Company Profile

Systemax Inc. operates as a direct marketer of brand name and private label products. Its Industrial Products Group segment sells a range of maintenance, repair, and operation products, including storage and shelving, material handling, janitorial and maintenance, furniture and office, HVAC/R and fans, workbench and shop desks, safety and security, outdoor and grounds maintenance, tools and instruments, office and school supplies, plumbing and pumps, packaging and supplies, electrical and lighting, food service and appliances, raw materials and building supplies, motors and power transmission, pneumatics and hydraulics, medical and laboratory equipment, metalworking and cutting tools, vehicle maintenance, and fasteners and hardware in North America. This segment offers its products under the Global, GlobalIndustrial.com, Nexel Relius, Relius Solutions, Paramount, and Interion brand names. The company's Europe Technology Products Group segment sells information and communication technology products, such as servers-storage and backup, desktop computers, laptops, tablets, monitors, and mobile devices; computer parts and memory; computer components and accessories; networking and security; software; and electronics, and commercial and home networking products. This segment also provides TV and video products; audio products; cameras and surveillance products; GPS products; cell phones; video games; and home and electronics accessories. The company offers its products to for-profit businesses, educational organizations, and government entities through its relationship marketers, catalog mailings, and proprietary Internet Websites. Systemax Inc. was founded in 1949 and is headquartered in Port Washington, New York.

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