Critical Analysis: Opower (OPWR) vs. Its Competitors

Opower (NYSE: OPWR) is one of 61 public companies in the “Application Software” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Opower to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Opower and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Opower N/A N/A -11.83
Opower Competitors $982.57 million $62.82 million 531.69

Opower’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Opower. Opower is trading 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 summary of recent ratings for Opower and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Opower 0 0 0 0 N/A
Opower Competitors 223 1574 2986 95 2.61

As a group, “Application Software” companies have a potential upside of 13.74%. Given Opower’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Opower has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

67.3% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are held by institutional investors. 16.6% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Opower -30.39% -59.02% -26.51%
Opower Competitors -20.69% -236.85% -12.75%


Opower competitors beat Opower on 7 of the 8 factors compared.

Opower Company Profile

Opower, Inc. (Opower) is a provider of cloud-based software to the utility industry. The Company’s software solutions deliver key customer-facing applications that reduce energy demand and provide customer care. The Company’s software analyzes energy data and presents insights that motivate reductions in energy consumption. Its integrated solutions include Demand-Side Management (DSM), which include energy efficiency and demand response, and Customer Care, which include digital engagement and bill advisor. The key components of its energy efficiency solution include home energy reports, smart meter-enabled e-mails and marketplace suite. The key components of its demand response solution include peak day alerts and peak day feedback reports. Opower’s digital engagement solutions include NextWeb platform, outbound communications, points and rewards, and rates engine. The Key components of its Bill Advisor solution include customer service interface and proactive alerts.

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