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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.9% of EPIQ Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.0% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by institutional investors. 10.1% of EPIQ Systems shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EPIQ Systems -3.96% -7.36% -2.71%
EPIQ Systems Competitors -20.18% -255.34% -3.87%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares EPIQ Systems and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
EPIQ Systems N/A N/A -37.48
EPIQ Systems Competitors $2.79 billion $288.44 million 333.92

EPIQ Systems’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than EPIQ Systems. EPIQ Systems 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.

Dividends

EPIQ Systems pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. EPIQ Systems pays out -81.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 37.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. EPIQ Systems is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for EPIQ Systems and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EPIQ Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A
EPIQ Systems Competitors 745 4608 7379 169 2.54

As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential downside of 8.88%. Given EPIQ Systems’ competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe EPIQ Systems has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

EPIQ Systems beats its competitors on 6 of the 9 factors compared.

EPIQ Systems Company Profile

Epiq Systems, Inc. (Epiq) is a provider of professional services and integrated technology for the legal profession. The Company operates in two segments: the Technology segment (Technology), which provides eDiscovery managed services and technology solutions consisting of consulting, collections and forensics, processing, search and review, production of documents and document review services to companies and law firms, and the Bankruptcy and Settlement Administration segment (Bankruptcy and Settlement Administration), which provides managed services and technology solutions that address the needs of its customers with respect to litigation, claims and project administration, compliance matters, controlled disbursements, corporate restructuring, bankruptcy and class action proceedings. Its solutions and professional services cater to a range of client legal matters, including litigation, investigations, financial transactions and regulatory compliance, among others.

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