Financial review of Spok (SPOK) compared to its peers


Spok (NASDAQ: SPOK – Get Rating) is one of 27 publicly traded companies in the “radiotelephone communication” industry, but how does it differ from its competitors? We’ll compare Spok to similar companies based on its risk strength, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Spok pays an annual dividend of $1.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 17.7%. Spok pays -89.3% of its profits as a dividend. As a group, the “radiotelephone” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.0% and pay out 84.7% of their profits as a dividend. Spok has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years. Spok is clearly a better dividend-paying stock than its competition, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Valuation and benefits

This chart compares the revenue, earnings per share (EPS), and valuation of Spok and its competitors.

Gross revenue Net revenue Price/earnings ratio
spoon $142.15 million -$22.18 million -5.06
Spok Competitors $17.74 billion $849.27 million 11:48

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Spok and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
spoon 0 0 0 0 N / A
Spok Competitors 283 820 1193 51 2.43

As a group, the “radiotelephone communication” companies have an upside potential of 70.27%. Since Spok’s competitors have higher upside potential, analysts clearly believe that Spok has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

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

Profitability

This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Spok and its competitors.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
spoon -19.36% -4.38% -3.09%
Spok Competitors -39.14% 28.32% -4.82%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

58.7% of Spok shares are held by institutional investors. By comparison, 24.4% of the shares of all “radiotelephone communication” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.8% of Spok shares are held by insiders of the company. By comparison, 1.6% of the shares of all “radiotelephone communication” companies are held by insiders of the company. Strong institutional ownership indicates that hedge funds, endowments, and large fund managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Spok Company Profile (Get an evaluation)

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 provides clinical insights to care teams when and where it is important to improve 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 the sale of devices to resellers who rent or resell them to their subscribers. Its Spok Care Connect platform improves clinician workflows and supports administrative compliance. In addition, the company provides professional software license updates and product support services, as well as the sale of third-party equipment. It serves businesses, professionals, management personnel, medical personnel, field sales personnel and service forces, members of the construction industry and building trades, brokers and developers real estate, sales and service 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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