Critical Contrast: Opower (OPWR) versus The Competition

Opower (NYSE: OPWR) is one of 60 publicly-traded companies in the “Application Software” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Opower to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Opower and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Opower -30.39% -59.02% -26.51%
Opower Competitors -23.83% -240.19% -12.40%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Opower and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Opower 0 0 0 0 N/A
Opower Competitors 188 1531 2890 91 2.61

As a group, “Application Software” companies have a potential upside of 8.22%. Given Opower’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Opower has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Opower and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Opower N/A N/A -11.83
Opower Competitors $1.02 billion $67.00 million 570.98

Opower’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Opower. Opower 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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

Summary

Opower competitors beat Opower on 7 of the 8 factors compared.

About Opower

Opower, Inc. (Opower) is a provider of cloud-based software to the utility industry. The Company’s software solutions deliver key customer-facing applications that reduce energy demand and provide customer care. The Company’s software analyzes energy data and presents insights that motivate reductions in energy consumption. Its integrated solutions include Demand-Side Management (DSM), which include energy efficiency and demand response, and Customer Care, which include digital engagement and bill advisor. The key components of its energy efficiency solution include home energy reports, smart meter-enabled e-mails and marketplace suite. The key components of its demand response solution include peak day alerts and peak day feedback reports. Opower’s digital engagement solutions include NextWeb platform, outbound communications, points and rewards, and rates engine. The Key components of its Bill Advisor solution include customer service interface and proactive alerts.

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