Reviewing The Keyw (KEYW) & Its Peers

The Keyw (NASDAQ: KEYW) is one of 39 publicly-traded companies in the “Computer integrated systems design” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare The Keyw to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for The Keyw and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Keyw 0 2 5 0 2.71
The Keyw Competitors 241 1330 1921 41 2.50

The Keyw currently has a consensus target price of $9.60, indicating a potential upside of 20.15%. As a group, “Computer integrated systems design” companies have a potential upside of 12.55%. Given The Keyw’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe The Keyw is more favorable than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

The Keyw has a beta of 0.64, indicating that its share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Keyw’s competitors have a beta of -38.21, indicating that their average share price is 3,921% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Keyw -1.96% -1.17% -0.55%
The Keyw Competitors -3.23% -4.42% 0.74%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares The Keyw and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
The Keyw $441.59 million -$10.95 million -17.76
The Keyw Competitors $1.55 billion $74.13 million 21.11

The Keyw’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than The Keyw. The Keyw 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.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.5% of The Keyw shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.2% of shares of all “Computer integrated systems design” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.6% of The Keyw shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 17.1% of shares of all “Computer integrated systems design” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

The Keyw beats its competitors on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About The Keyw

The KEYW Holding Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering and technology solutions to support the collection, processing, analysis, and dissemination of information across the intelligence, cyber, and counterterrorism communities. Its solutions are designed to respond to meet the critical needs for agile intelligence and to assist the U.S. government national security priorities through various cyber operations and training, geospatial intelligence, cloud and data analytics, engineering, and intelligence analysis and operations offerings. Its products include electro-optical, hyperspectral and synthetic aperture radar sensors, and other products. The company serves the U.S. federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies; foreign governments; and other entities in the cyber and counterterrorism markets. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Hanover, Maryland.

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