Professional Diversity Network (NASDAQ: IPDN) is one of 196 publicly-traded companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Professional Diversity Network to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

4.9% of Professional Diversity Network shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.2% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by institutional investors. 19.0% of Professional Diversity Network shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 17.1% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Professional Diversity Network has a beta of 2.93, suggesting that its share price is 193% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Professional Diversity Network’s competitors have a beta of 1.27, suggesting that their average share price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Professional Diversity Network and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Professional Diversity Network 0 0 0 0 N/A
Professional Diversity Network Competitors 669 4381 7385 165 2.56

As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential upside of 0.99%. Given Professional Diversity Network’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Professional Diversity Network has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Professional Diversity Network and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Professional Diversity Network $22.93 million -$5.65 million -0.84
Professional Diversity Network Competitors $2.14 billion $366.36 million 15.67

Professional Diversity Network’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Professional Diversity Network. Professional Diversity Network 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 Professional Diversity Network and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Professional Diversity Network -74.31% -30.67% -19.63%
Professional Diversity Network Competitors -20.74% -45.05% -4.00%

Summary

Professional Diversity Network competitors beat Professional Diversity Network on 6 of the 9 factors compared.

About Professional Diversity Network

Professional Diversity Network, Inc. is an operator of professional networks with a focus on diversity. The Company serves various communities, including Women, Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Disabled, Military Professionals, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT). The Company’s segments include Professional Diversity Network (PDN Network), which includes online professional networking communities with career resources for the needs of various diverse cultural groups; National Association of Professional Women (NAPW Network), a women-only professional networking organization, and Noble Voice operations (Noble Voice), a career consultation and lead generation service. The Noble Voice call centers qualify callers for real-time job placement. The PDN Network consists of various online professional networking communities dedicated to serving diverse professionals in the United States and employers seeking to hire diverse talent.

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