Contrasting Upwork (UPWK) & Its Competitors

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Upwork (NASDAQ: UPWK) is one of 68 publicly-traded companies in the “Data processing & preparation” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Upwork to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Upwork $253.35 million -$19.91 million -52.66
Upwork Competitors $1.29 billion $83.76 million -47.13

Upwork’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Upwork. Upwork 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 Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Upwork and its competitors, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Upwork 0 2 3 0 2.60
Upwork Competitors 485 2013 2834 138 2.48

Upwork currently has a consensus target price of $22.20, indicating a potential upside of 10.94%. As a group, “Data processing & preparation” companies have a potential upside of 5.91%. Given Upwork’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Upwork is more favorable than its competitors.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Upwork N/A N/A N/A
Upwork Competitors -40.06% -2,459.55% -9.83%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

35.7% of Upwork shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.4% of shares of all “Data processing & preparation” companies are held by institutional investors. 20.8% of shares of all “Data processing & preparation” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

About Upwork

Upwork Inc. operates an online platform that connects businesses and freelancers. Its platform comprise freelancers in content marketing, customer service, data science and analytics, graphic design, mobile development, sales, and web development categories. The company was formerly known as Elance-oDesk, Inc. and changed its name to Upwork Inc. in May 2015. Upwork Inc. was incorporated in 2013 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

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