j2 Global (NASDAQ: JCOM) is one of 47 public companies in the “Integrated Telecommunications Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare j2 Global to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares j2 Global and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
j2 Global 12.60% 26.43% 11.11%
j2 Global Competitors 2.17% -1.75% 1.88%

Dividends

j2 Global pays an annual dividend of $1.58 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. j2 Global pays out 58.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.3% and pay out 904.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for j2 Global and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
j2 Global 0 1 3 0 2.75
j2 Global Competitors 596 1700 2027 66 2.36

j2 Global presently has a consensus price target of $101.75, suggesting a potential upside of 34.39%. As a group, “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies have a potential upside of 39.22%. Given j2 Global’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe j2 Global has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

60.1% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.2% of j2 Global shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.0% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

j2 Global has a beta of 0.87, meaning that its share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, j2 Global’s competitors have a beta of 0.96, meaning that their average share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares j2 Global and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
j2 Global $874.26 million $152.43 million 28.04
j2 Global Competitors $15.94 billion $1.27 billion 10.64

j2 Global’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than j2 Global. j2 Global is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

j2 Global beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

j2 Global Company Profile

j2 Global, Inc. is a provider of services delivered through the Internet. The Company provides cloud services to businesses of all sizes, from individuals to enterprises. The Company operates in two segments: Business Cloud Services and Digital Media. The Company’s Digital Media business segment consists of the Web properties and business operations of Ziff Davis, Inc. (Ziff Davis). The Company’s cloud services and solutions include fax, voice and unified communications, email and customer relationship management, online backup, global network and operations, and customer support services. In February 2013, it acquired IGN Entertainment, Inc. On November 9, 2012, the Company acquired Ziff Davis. Effective March 18, 2013, it acquired MetroFax Inc. In April 2013, the Company acquired Backup Connect BV.

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