Comparing Pluralsight (PS) and Its Competitors

Pluralsight (NASDAQ: PS) is one of 13,164 publicly-traded companies in the “” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Pluralsight to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, dividends and risk.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pluralsight -36.06% -246.61% -31.06%
Pluralsight Competitors -175.09% 7.35% 1.93%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

68.3% of Pluralsight shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.0% of shares of all “” companies are held by institutional investors. 13.3% of shares of all “” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Pluralsight and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pluralsight 0 1 7 0 2.88
Pluralsight Competitors 61298 232533 303820 12536 2.44

Pluralsight currently has a consensus price target of $35.26, suggesting a potential upside of 19.91%. As a group, “” companies have a potential upside of 23.39%. Given Pluralsight’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Pluralsight has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Pluralsight $232.03 million -$83.66 million -20.14
Pluralsight Competitors $7.25 billion $556.64 million 12.30

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

Summary

Pluralsight competitors beat Pluralsight on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

Pluralsight Company Profile

Pluralsight, Inc. operates a cloud-based technology learning platform worldwide. Its learning platform offers a range of tools, including skill assessment tool, which uses machine learning and advanced algorithms to measure a user's skills, benchmark that user against others in the industry, and recommend opportunities for growth; and Course Library that include 6,700 on-demand and online courses across a range of technology subject areas, such as cloud, mobile, security, IT, and data. The company's learning platform also provides Learning Paths that are curated to take users through a set of courses designed to help them master a particular subject area based on either an assessment or a user's goals; and business analytics tools, which enable business customers to evaluate the technology skills of their teams, align learning to key business objectives, determine the usage of platform, examine trends in skill development, and quantify the impact of platform on their business. It serves individuals and business customers. Pluralsight, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Farmington, Utah.

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