Financial Review: Blucora (INSP) vs. Its Rivals

Blucora (NASDAQ: INSP) is one of 51 public companies in the “Internet Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Blucora to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Blucora and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Blucora N/A N/A 933.33
Blucora Competitors $1.03 billion $121.10 million 509.63

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


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Blucora -18.56% -12.83% -6.64%
Blucora Competitors -0.67% 35.21% 5.93%

Volatility & Risk

Blucora has a beta of -0.27, suggesting that its stock price is 127% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Blucora’s peers have a beta of 1.30, suggesting that their average stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Blucora and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Blucora 0 0 0 0 N/A
Blucora Competitors 408 1599 2659 89 2.51

As a group, “Internet Services” companies have a potential upside of 4.88%. Given Blucora’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Blucora has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

62.5% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 22.2% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Blucora peers beat Blucora on 8 of the 8 factors compared.

About Blucora

Blucora, Inc. is a provider of technology-enabled financial solutions to consumers, small business owners and tax professionals. The Company operates through the Wealth Management and Tax Preparation segments. The Company’s Wealth Management segment consists of HD Vest, which provides financial advisors with an integrated platform of brokerage, investment advisory and insurance services to assist in making each financial advisor a financial service center for his/her clients The Company’s Tax Preparation segment provides digital do-it-yourself (DDIY) tax preparation solutions for consumers, small business owners and tax professionals. TaxAct, a provider of digital tax preparation solutions. HD Vest’s specialized model provides an open-architecture investment platform and technology tools to help financial advisors identify investment opportunities for their clients. TaxAct offers pricing and packaging options for tax professionals.

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