Gartner (NYSE: IT) is one of 185 publicly-traded companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Gartner to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gartner -1.25% 57.60% 5.49%
Gartner Competitors -13.67% -235.03% -1.82%

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Gartner $2.44 billion $193.58 million -345.00
Gartner Competitors $2.79 billion $290.83 million 283.48

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

Risk and Volatility

Gartner has a beta of 1.08, suggesting that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gartner’s competitors have a beta of 1.14, suggesting that their average share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gartner 0 3 7 0 2.70
Gartner Competitors 718 4542 7300 162 2.54

Gartner currently has a consensus target price of $131.89, indicating a potential upside of 12.44%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential upside of 4.15%. Given Gartner’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Gartner is more favorable than its competitors.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.2% of Gartner shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.4% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.3% of Gartner shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.4% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

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

About Gartner

Gartner, Inc. is an information technology research and advisory company. The Company works with clients to research, analyze and interpret the business of information technology (IT), supply chain and marketing within the context of their individual roles. It operates in three segments: Research, Consulting and Events. Research segment consists of subscription-based research products, access to research inquiry, peer networking services and membership programs. Consulting segment consists of consulting, measurement engagements and strategic advisory services. Events segment consists of various symposia, conferences and exhibitions. It provides insight through reports, briefings, tools, access to its analysts, peer networking services and membership programs that enable its clients to make decisions about their IT, supply chain and digital marketing initiatives. Its consultants provide fact-based consulting services to help clients use and manage IT to optimize business performance.

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