Reviewing Juniper Networks (JNPR) & Its Competitors

Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) is one of 25 public companies in the “Computer & office equipment” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Juniper Networks to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

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This table compares Juniper Networks and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Juniper Networks $5.03 billion $306.20 million 14.13
Juniper Networks Competitors $12.01 billion $456.58 million 19.52

Juniper Networks’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Juniper Networks. Juniper Networks 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Juniper Networks and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Juniper Networks 3 16 9 0 2.21
Juniper Networks Competitors 307 1745 2317 87 2.49

Juniper Networks presently has a consensus price target of $28.26, indicating a potential upside of 15.63%. As a group, “Computer & office equipment” companies have a potential upside of 6.20%. Given Juniper Networks’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Juniper Networks is more favorable than its peers.

Dividends

Juniper Networks pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Juniper Networks pays out 41.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Computer & office equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.5% and pay out 43.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Juniper Networks has a beta of 0.96, meaning that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Juniper Networks’ peers have a beta of 0.78, meaning that their average share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.5% of Juniper Networks shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.5% of shares of all “Computer & office equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of Juniper Networks shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.3% of shares of all “Computer & office equipment” 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Juniper Networks 6.26% 13.34% 6.83%
Juniper Networks Competitors -2.04% -4.49% 3.27%

Summary

Juniper Networks peers beat Juniper Networks on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks, Inc. designs, develops and sells products and services for high-performance networks to enable customers to build networks for their businesses. The Company sells its products in over 100 countries in three geographic regions: Americas; Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific. The Company sells its high-performance network products and service offerings across routing, switching and security. Its products address network requirements for global service providers, cloud providers, national governments, research and public sector organizations, and other enterprises. The Company offers its customers various services, including technical support, professional services, education and training programs. The Company’s Junos Platform enables its customers to expand network software into the application space, and deploy software clients to control delivery. The Junos Platform includes a range of products, such as Junos Operating System (OS) and Junos Space.

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