Syntel (NASDAQ: SYNT) is one of 177 publicly-traded companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Syntel to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, risk, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Syntel and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Syntel 18.64% -137.94% 36.93%
Syntel Competitors -23.57% -265.86% -4.08%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Syntel and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Syntel $966.55 million -$57.38 million 11.59
Syntel Competitors $2.81 billion $290.97 million 356.89

Syntel’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Syntel. Syntel 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.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

36.6% of Syntel shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.3% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by institutional investors. 61.1% of Syntel shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.6% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Syntel and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Syntel 2 6 2 0 2.00
Syntel Competitors 779 4638 7372 177 2.54

Syntel presently has a consensus target price of $22.43, indicating a potential downside of 5.56%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential downside of 11.07%. Given Syntel’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Syntel is more favorable than its rivals.

Volatility and Risk

Syntel has a beta of 1.11, meaning that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Syntel’s rivals have a beta of 1.10, meaning that their average share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Syntel rivals beat Syntel on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Syntel

Syntel, Inc. (Syntel) is a global provider of digital transformation, information technology (IT) and knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) services. The Company operates through five segments: Banking and Financial Services, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Insurance, Manufacturing, and Retail, Logistics and Telecom. Syntel provides a range of services to its customers through its IT services, including Managed Services, Digital One and through its KPO services. Through its Managed Services offering, the Company provides software applications development, maintenance, testing, IT infrastructure, cloud and migration services. Through its SyntBots platform, the Company delivers internally developed automation capabilities that improve the productivity and quality of its Managed Services offerings. The Company’s Digital One service line centralizes the delivery of digital architecture, Web and mobile applications, user experience, Big Data, analytics, social and Internet of Things services.

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