Critical Review: Avaya (AVYA) versus Its Rivals

Avaya (NYSE: AVYA) is one of 26 public companies in the “Telephone & telegraph apparatus” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Avaya to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

43.8% of shares of all “Telephone & telegraph apparatus” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of Avaya shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 20.9% of shares of all “Telephone & telegraph apparatus” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Avaya has a beta of 1.56, suggesting that its share price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Avaya’s competitors have a beta of 4.71, suggesting that their average share price is 371% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Avaya $2.89 billion -$671.00 million 3.03
Avaya Competitors $717.17 million -$49.68 million 10.13

Avaya has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. Avaya 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.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Avaya -23.24% 13.33% 3.41%
Avaya Competitors -104.74% -6.01% -1.08%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Avaya and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Avaya 0 3 4 0 2.57
Avaya Competitors 200 624 1051 47 2.49

Avaya currently has a consensus price target of $18.71, indicating a potential upside of 58.19%. As a group, “Telephone & telegraph apparatus” companies have a potential upside of 36.37%. Given Avaya’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Avaya is more favorable than its competitors.


Avaya beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Avaya

Avaya Holdings Corp., through its subsidiaries, provides digital communications products, solutions, and services for businesses worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Products & Solutions, and Services. The Products & Solutions segment offers unified communications and contact center platforms, applications, and devices. It also provides an open development platform for customers and third parties to create custom applications and automated workflows for their needs; and contact center solutions that enable customers to build a customized portfolio of applications driving customer engagement and customer value. This segments communications solutions include voice, email, chat, social media, video, and performance management. The Services segment provides global support services, enterprise cloud and managed services, and professional services. The company also delivers cloud business communications services and solutions to connect with customers. Avaya Holdings Corp. sells directly through its sales force, as well as indirectly through its network of channel partners, including distributors, service providers, dealers, value-added resellers, system integrators, and business partners. The company is based in Santa Clara, California.

Receive News & Ratings for Avaya Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Avaya and related companies with's FREE daily email newsletter.