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

Risk & Volatility

John Wiley & Sons has a beta of 1.1, indicating that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, John Wiley & Sons’ peers have a beta of 0.99, indicating that their average stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares John Wiley & Sons and its peers’ 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%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares John Wiley & Sons and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
John Wiley & Sons $1.72 billion $113.64 million 36.04
John Wiley & Sons Competitors $3.13 billion $588.72 million 1,458.79

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

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 81.0% 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

72.1% of John Wiley & Sons shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.7% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of John Wiley & Sons shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for John Wiley & Sons and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

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 currently 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 3.41%. Given John Wiley & Sons’ peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe John Wiley & Sons has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

John Wiley & Sons peers 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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