Guidance Software (NASDAQ: GUID) is one of 185 public companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Guidance Software to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

51.8% of Guidance Software shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.2% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by institutional investors. 38.1% of Guidance Software shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 17.1% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Guidance Software and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Guidance Software N/A N/A -29.46
Guidance Software Competitors $2.81 billion $292.92 million 323.44

Guidance Software’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Guidance Software. Guidance Software is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Guidance Software and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Guidance Software -4.73% -559.09% -6.73%
Guidance Software Competitors -20.66% -272.94% -4.86%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Guidance Software and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Guidance Software 0 3 3 0 2.50
Guidance Software Competitors 750 4690 7427 173 2.54

Guidance Software presently has a consensus target price of $8.02, indicating a potential upside of 13.44%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential downside of 6.98%. Given Guidance Software’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Guidance Software is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Guidance Software peers beat Guidance Software on 7 of the 10 factors compared.

Guidance Software Company Profile

Guidance Software, Inc. is a technology company. The Company is a provider of endpoint investigation solutions for cybersecurity analytics, security incident response, e-discovery, data privacy and forensic analysis. The Company has five segments, which include Products, Subscription, Professional services, Training and Maintenance. The Company’s Products segment includes EnCase, EnCase Endpoint Security, EnCase eDiscovery, EnCase Forensic, EnCase Portable, Premium License Support Program and hardware sales. Its Subscription segment includes subscription services for cloud-based document review and production software. Its Professional services segment performs consulting services and implementations. Its Training segment provides training classes, by which the Company trains its customers to use its software products. Its maintenance segment provides software updates, telephone and e-mail support.

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