The Critical Review: Blackbaud (BLKB) versus Its Competitors

The Critical Review: Blackbaud (BLKB) versus Its Competitors

Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is one of 120 public companies in the “Software” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Blackbaud to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Blackbaud has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Blackbaud’s competitors have a beta of 0.98, suggesting that their average stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

60.4% of shares of all “Software” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Blackbaud shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 17.6% of shares of all “Software” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Blackbaud and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Blackbaud presently has a consensus price target of $87.00, suggesting a potential downside of 4.52%. As a group, “Software” companies have a potential upside of 3.86%. Given Blackbaud’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Blackbaud has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

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

Dividends

Blackbaud pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Blackbaud pays out 47.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Software” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.0% and pay out 62.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

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

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

Summary

Blackbaud competitors beat Blackbaud on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Blackbaud

Blackbaud, Inc. is a cloud software company. The Company offers a range of cloud and on-premise solutions, as well as a resource network that empowers and connects organizations of all sizes. Its segments include the General Markets Business Unit (the GMBU), the Enterprise Customer Business Unit (the ECBU) and the International Business Unit (the IBU). The GMBU is focused on marketing, sales, delivery and support to all emerging and mid-sized prospects and customers in North America. The ECBU is focused on marketing, sales, delivery and support to all large and/or strategic prospects and customers in North America. The IBU is focused on marketing, sales, delivery and support to all prospects and customers outside of North America. It operates in four geographic regions: the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. Its portfolio of software and services supports nonprofit fundraising and relationship management, digital marketing, advocacy, accounting, payments and analytics.

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