Pluralsight (PS) & The Competition Critical Review

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Pluralsight (NASDAQ: PS) is one of 51 publicly-traded companies in the “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Pluralsight to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Pluralsight and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pluralsight 0 1 7 0 2.88
Pluralsight Competitors 672 2451 5421 274 2.60

Pluralsight currently has a consensus price target of $35.26, suggesting a potential upside of 19.14%. As a group, “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” companies have a potential upside of 16.81%. Given Pluralsight’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Pluralsight is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Pluralsight $232.03 million -$83.67 million -20.27
Pluralsight Competitors $8.03 billion $1.89 billion 18.20

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pluralsight -36.06% N/A -33.02%
Pluralsight Competitors -4.03% -70.04% -0.76%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

63.7% of Pluralsight shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.5% of shares of all “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” companies are held by institutional investors. 13.5% of shares of all “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Pluralsight peers beat Pluralsight on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Pluralsight

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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