Financial Analysis: Perion Network (PERI) & Its Peers

Perion Network (NASDAQ: PERI) is one of 65 publicly-traded companies in the “Application Software” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Perion Network to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Risk & Volatility

Perion Network has a beta of 1.71, indicating that its share price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Perion Network’s peers have a beta of 4.26, indicating that their average share price is 326% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Perion Network and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perion Network 0 1 0 0 2.00
Perion Network Competitors 187 1545 2937 97 2.62

As a group, “Application Software” companies have a potential upside of 12.49%. Given Perion Network’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Perion Network has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Perion Network $312.79 million $200,000.00 -2.11
Perion Network Competitors $980.90 million $67.84 million 427.78

Perion Network’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Perion Network. Perion Network 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

19.3% of Perion Network shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.1% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are held by institutional investors. 15.7% 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Perion Network -12.50% 7.83% 4.54%
Perion Network Competitors -72.29% -100.23% -18.91%

Summary

Perion Network peers beat Perion Network on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

Perion Network Company Profile

Perion Network Ltd. is a global technology company. It is engaged in delivering advertising solutions to brands and publishers. It operates through High Impact Advertising solutions segment. It provides execution, ranging from high-impact advertisement formats to branded search, and a unified social and mobile programmatic platform. Its business solutions include Undertone, Codefuel, Growmobile, IncrediMail and Smilebox. Undertone offers engaging digital advertising, which is designed to capture consumer attention and drive engagement, delivering these advertisements across a portfolio of Websites and mobile applications. CodeFuel is an engagement and monetization suite delivering solutions for both content publishers and advertisers. Growmobile offers automated marketing solutions ranging from social advertising to user engagement. IncrediMail is a unified messaging application. Smilebox is a photo sharing and social expression product and offers various formats, themes and styles.

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