John Wiley & Sons (NYSE: JW.A) is one of 22 publicly-traded companies in the “Professional Information Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare John Wiley & Sons to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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 4.71% 20.23% 4.34%

Risk and Volatility

John Wiley & Sons has a beta of 1.1, indicating that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, John Wiley & Sons’ rivals have a beta of 0.98, indicating that their average share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares John Wiley & Sons and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
John Wiley & Sons $1.72 billion $113.64 million 35.88
John Wiley & Sons Competitors $3.13 billion $588.72 million 1,393.36

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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent 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 76 535 714 6 2.49

John Wiley & Sons presently has a consensus price target of $53.00, indicating a potential downside of 7.10%. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies have a potential downside of 3.14%. Given John Wiley & Sons’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe John Wiley & Sons has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

72.1% of John Wiley & Sons shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.7% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of John Wiley & Sons shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

John Wiley & Sons pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. 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 39.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

John Wiley & Sons rivals beat John Wiley & Sons on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

John Wiley & Sons Company Profile

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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