Critical Contrast: Knightscope (KSCP) & Its Peers

Knightscope (NASDAQ:KSCPGet Rating) is one of 47 publicly-traded companies in the “Communications equipment, not elsewhere classified” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Knightscope to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Knightscope $3.41 million -$43.84 million -1.27
Knightscope Competitors $335.40 million $5.63 million -10.13

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

1.6% of Knightscope shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 41.4% of shares of all “Communications equipment, not elsewhere classified” companies are owned by institutional investors. 33.9% of Knightscope shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.9% of shares of all “Communications equipment, not elsewhere classified” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Knightscope and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Knightscope 0 0 0 0 N/A
Knightscope Competitors 66 417 940 33 2.65

As a group, “Communications equipment, not elsewhere classified” companies have a potential upside of 26.84%. Given Knightscope’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Knightscope has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Knightscope -824.97% N/A -138.59%
Knightscope Competitors -75.12% 9.28% -8.63%

Summary

Knightscope rivals beat Knightscope on 7 of the 9 factors compared.

Knightscope Company Profile

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Knightscope, Inc. designs, develops, builds, deploys, and supports physical security technologies in the United States. The company's solutions combine the physical presence of autonomous security robots (ASR) with real-time on-site data collection and analysis, and a human-machine interface to reduce crime. Its products include K3 and K5 ASRs designed to roam a geo-fenced area autonomously by utilizing numerous sensors and lasers, either on a random basis or based on a particular patrolling algorithm to navigate around people, vehicles, and objects in dynamic indoor or outdoor environments; K1, an ASR for used in indoors or outdoors and at ingress/egress points for both people and vehicles; and K7, a multi-terrain ASR. The company also develops and operates the Knightscope security operations center (KSOC), a browser-based interface, which allows real-time data access service to its clients for alert of an abnormal event; and Knightscope network operations center (KNOC), a custom set of tools that enables it to manage and monitor the network of ASRs with alerts related to critical indicators and statistics, including charging, software, navigation, and temperatures, as well as to execute over-the-air software upgrades, patches, and other related items. In addition, it offers Knightscope+ remote monitoring, an optional service for clients that operate without a fully staffed 24/7 security operations center. The company serves law enforcement agencies, hospitals, and security teams. Knightscope, Inc. was incorporated in 2013 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

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