Gartner (NYSE: IT) is one of 182 publicly-traded companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Gartner to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

96.4% of Gartner shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.0% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.3% of Gartner shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Gartner has a beta of 1.06, indicating that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gartner’s peers have a beta of 1.13, indicating that their average share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Gartner and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gartner -1.25% 57.60% 5.49%
Gartner Competitors -20.52% -275.69% -4.56%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Gartner and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Gartner $2.44 billion $193.58 million -352.97
Gartner Competitors $2.79 billion $290.02 million 297.35

Gartner’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Gartner. Gartner is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gartner 0 3 7 0 2.70
Gartner Competitors 728 4650 7367 160 2.54

Gartner presently has a consensus price target of $131.89, indicating a potential upside of 9.90%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential upside of 1.82%. Given Gartner’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Gartner is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Gartner beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Gartner

Gartner, Inc. is an information technology research and advisory company. The Company works with clients to research, analyze and interpret the business of information technology (IT), supply chain and marketing within the context of their individual roles. It operates in three segments: Research, Consulting and Events. Research segment consists of subscription-based research products, access to research inquiry, peer networking services and membership programs. Consulting segment consists of consulting, measurement engagements and strategic advisory services. Events segment consists of various symposia, conferences and exhibitions. It provides insight through reports, briefings, tools, access to its analysts, peer networking services and membership programs that enable its clients to make decisions about their IT, supply chain and digital marketing initiatives. Its consultants provide fact-based consulting services to help clients use and manage IT to optimize business performance.

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