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

Volatility & Risk

John Wiley & Sons has a beta of 1.1, meaning that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, John Wiley & Sons’ competitors have a beta of 1.02, meaning that their average share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for John Wiley & Sons and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
John Wiley & Sons 0 2 0 0 2.00
John Wiley & Sons Competitors 76 537 715 6 2.49

John Wiley & Sons currently has a consensus price target of $53.00, indicating a potential downside of 10.85%. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies have a potential downside of 2.95%. Given John Wiley & Sons’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe John Wiley & Sons has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

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 39.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
John Wiley & Sons $1.72 billion $113.64 million 37.63
John Wiley & Sons Competitors $3.13 billion $588.72 million 1,350.02

John Wiley & Sons’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than John Wiley & Sons. John Wiley & Sons 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 John Wiley & Sons and its competitors’ 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%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

72.2% of John Wiley & Sons shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.6% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of John Wiley & Sons shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

John Wiley & Sons competitors 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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