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 competitors? We will compare John Wiley & Sons to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitability and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares John Wiley & Sons and its competitors’ 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 4.01% 17.96% 4.01%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares John Wiley & Sons and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
John Wiley & Sons $1.72 billion $113.64 million 35.82
John Wiley & Sons Competitors $3.13 billion $588.72 million 1,477.22

John Wiley & Sons’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than John Wiley & Sons. John Wiley & Sons 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for John Wiley & Sons and its competitors, as reported 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 target price of $53.00, suggesting a potential downside of 6.94%. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies have a potential downside of 3.59%. Given John Wiley & Sons’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe John Wiley & Sons has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

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

Risk and Volatility

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

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 38.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

John Wiley & Sons competitors beat John Wiley & Sons on 10 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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