NCI (NASDAQ: NCIT) is one of 181 publicly-traded companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare NCI to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

38.6% of NCI shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.0% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by institutional investors. 45.4% of NCI shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.7% 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 will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares NCI and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
NCI N/A N/A 47.62
NCI Competitors $2.83 billion $296.50 million 330.07

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

Volatility and Risk

NCI has a beta of 1.01, meaning that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NCI’s rivals have a beta of 1.14, meaning that their average share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares NCI and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NCI 2.53% 8.07% 5.69%
NCI Competitors -20.67% -275.12% -4.78%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for NCI and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NCI 0 3 1 0 2.25
NCI Competitors 732 4641 7367 172 2.54

NCI presently has a consensus price target of $18.33, indicating a potential downside of 8.33%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential downside of 7.14%. Given NCI’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe NCI has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

NCI rivals beat NCI on 7 of the 11 factors compared.

About NCI

NCI, Inc. is a provider of enterprise services and solutions to defense, intelligence, healthcare and civilian government agencies. The Company provides information technology (IT), and professional services and solutions by leveraging its core service offerings, which include cloud computing and IT infrastructure optimization; cybersecurity and information assurance; engineering and logistics support; enterprise information management and advanced analytics; health IT and medical support; IT service management; modeling, simulation, and training, and agile development and integration. The Company helps its clients to navigate the range of cloud, Everything-as-a-Service (EaaS), capacity services and virtualization options available. The Company provides its customers the full lifecycle of cybersecurity services, including policy and planning, compliance, identity and access management, training, education, awareness and enterprise security operations.

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