Head-To-Head Review: Spok (SPOK) versus The Competition

Spok (NASDAQ:SPOKGet Rating) is one of 27 publicly-traded companies in the “Radiotelephone communication” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Spok to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Spok has a beta of 0.34, meaning that its share price is 66% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Spok’s rivals have a beta of 5.85, meaning that their average share price is 485% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Spok and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Spok $142.15 million -$22.18 million -5.39
Spok Competitors $17.74 billion $849.27 million 10.71

Spok’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Spok. Spok is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Spok pays an annual dividend of $1.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 16.6%. Spok pays out -89.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Radiotelephone communication” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.6% and pay out 76.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Spok has raised its dividend for 1 consecutive years. Spok is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Spok and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Spok -19.36% -4.38% -3.09%
Spok Competitors -39.14% 28.32% -4.82%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Spok and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Spok 0 0 0 0 N/A
Spok Competitors 283 820 1191 51 2.43

As a group, “Radiotelephone communication” companies have a potential upside of 74.55%. Given Spok’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Spok has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

58.7% of Spok shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.4% of shares of all “Radiotelephone communication” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.8% of Spok shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of shares of all “Radiotelephone communication” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Spok Company Profile (Get Rating)

Spok Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary, Spok, Inc., provides healthcare communication solutions in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East. It delivers clinical information to care teams when and where it matters to enhance patient outcomes. The company offers subscriptions to one-way or two-way messaging services; and ancillary services, such as voicemail, and equipment loss or maintenance protection services, as well as sells devices to resellers who lease or resell them to their subscribers. Its Spok Care Connect platform enhance workflows for clinicians and support administrative compliance. In addition, the company provides professional, software license updates, and product support services, as well as sells third-party equipment. It serves businesses, professionals, management personnel, medical personnel, field sales personnel and service forces, members of the construction industry and construction trades, real estate brokers and developers, sales and services organizations, specialty trade organizations, manufacturing organizations, and government agencies. The company was formerly known as USA Mobility, Inc. and changed its name to Spok Holdings, Inc. in July 2014. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.

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