Perficient (NASDAQ: PRFT) is one of 186 public companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Perficient to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Perficient and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perficient 0 0 2 0 3.00
Perficient Competitors 725 4643 7401 167 2.54

Perficient currently has a consensus price target of $21.50, suggesting a potential upside of 10.43%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential upside of 5.26%. Given Perficient’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Perficient is more favorable than its competitors.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

79.9% of Perficient shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.6% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of Perficient shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.9% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Perficient has a beta of 0.85, meaning that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Perficient’s competitors have a beta of 1.11, meaning that their average share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Perficient and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Perficient $486.98 million $20.45 million 41.43
Perficient Competitors $2.79 billion $290.25 million 316.02

Perficient’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Perficient. Perficient 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Perficient 3.36% 8.05% 6.15%
Perficient Competitors -20.38% -272.61% -4.74%

Summary

Perficient beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Perficient

Perficient, Inc. is an information technology and management consulting firm. The Company’s solutions include business intelligence and analytics, commerce, content management, custom applications, platform implementations, portals and collaboration, business integration and application program interfaces, management consulting, business process management, and customer relationship management, among others. It provides services to the healthcare (pharma and life sciences), financial services (banking and insurance), retail and consumer goods, automotive and transport products, electronics and computer hardware, telecommunications, manufacturing, business services, and leisure, and media and entertainment markets, among others.

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