Financial survey of Spok (SPOK) compared to its peers

Speak (NASDAQ: SPOKGet a rating) is one of 27 listed companies in the “radiotelephone communication” industry, but how does it stand out from its competitors? We’ll compare Spok to similar companies based on its risk strength, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

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. By comparison, 1.6% of the shares of all “radiotelephone communication” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that large fund managers, hedge funds, and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and risk

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


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%


Spok pays an annual dividend of $1.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 16.6%. Spok pays -89.3% of its profits as a dividend. As a group, the “radiotelephone” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.6% and pay out 76.9% 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 rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Valuation and benefits

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

Gross revenue Net revenue Price/earnings ratio
spoon $142.15 million -$22.18 million -5.39
Spok Competitors $17.74 billion $849.27 million 10.71

Spok’s rivals have higher revenue and profit than Spok. Spok trades at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, 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 rivals, 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 1191 51 2.43

As a group, the “radiotelephone communication” companies have an upside potential of 74.55%. Since Spok’s rivals have higher upside potential, analysts clearly believe that Spok has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

About Spoke (Get a rating)

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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