John Wiley & Sons (NYSE: JW.A) is one of 27 publicly-traded companies in the “Professional Information Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare John Wiley & Sons to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
73.9% of John Wiley & Sons shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.6% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of John Wiley & Sons shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares John Wiley & Sons and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||NetIncome||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|John Wiley & Sons||$1.72 billion||$113.64 million||35.16|
|John Wiley & Sons Competitors||$3.05 billion||$562.72 million||1,996.70|
John Wiley & Sons’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than John Wiley & Sons. John Wiley & Sons is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for John Wiley & Sons and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|John Wiley & Sons||0||1||0||0||2.00|
|John Wiley & Sons Competitors||76||550||762||7||2.50|
John Wiley & Sons currently has a consensus price target of $53.00, indicating a potential downside of 5.19%. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies have a potential downside of 3.28%. Given John Wiley & Sons’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe John Wiley & Sons has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.
This table compares John Wiley & Sons and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|John Wiley & Sons||5.32%||17.78%||6.34%|
|John Wiley & Sons Competitors||6.38%||26.24%||4.97%|
Volatility & Risk
John Wiley & Sons has a beta of 1.1, indicating that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, John Wiley & Sons’ rivals have a beta of 0.99, indicating that their average stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.
John Wiley & Sons pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. John Wiley & Sons pays out 80.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 38.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.
John Wiley & Sons rivals beat John Wiley & Sons on 11 of the 15 factors compared.
About John Wiley & Sons
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. provides knowledge and knowledge-enabled services in the areas of research, professional practice and education. The Company operates through three segments: Research, Professional Development and Education. Through the Research segment, the Company provides digital and print scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services and advertising. The Professional Development segment provides digital and print books, corporate learning solutions, employment talent solutions and training services, and test prep and certification. In the Education segment, the Company provides print and digital content, and education solutions, including online program management services for higher education institutions and course management tools for instructors and students. The Company is engaged in developing and cross-marketing products to its customer base of researchers, professionals, students and educators.
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