Comparing Spok (SPOK) and Its Competitors

Spok (NASDAQ:SPOKGet Rating) is one of 27 publicly-traded companies in the “Radiotelephone communication” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Spok to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.


Spok pays an annual dividend of $1.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 18.0%. Spok pays out -89.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Radiotelephone communication” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.3% and pay out 85.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Spok has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years. Spok is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

58.7% of Spok shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.4% of shares of all “Radiotelephone communication” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.8% of Spok shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of shares of all “Radiotelephone communication” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Spok and its competitors, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Spok 0 0 0 0 N/A
Spok Competitors 168 589 1085 45 2.53

As a group, “Radiotelephone communication” companies have a potential upside of 77.03%. Given Spok’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Spok has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Spok -19.36% -4.38% -3.09%
Spok Competitors -39.07% 28.52% -4.75%

Volatility & Risk

Spok has a beta of 0.33, suggesting that its stock price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Spok’s competitors have a beta of 5.86, suggesting that their average stock price is 486% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Spok $142.15 million -$22.18 million -4.96
Spok Competitors $17.83 billion $970.47 million 10.05

Spok’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Spok. Spok 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.

Spok Company Profile (Get 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 delivers clinical information to care teams when and where it matters to enhance 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 sells devices to resellers who lease or resell them to their subscribers. Its Spok Care Connect platform enhance workflows for clinicians and support administrative compliance. In addition, the company provides professional, software license updates, and product support services, as well as sells third-party equipment. It serves businesses, professionals, management personnel, medical personnel, field sales personnel and service forces, members of the construction industry and construction trades, real estate brokers and developers, sales and services 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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