ePlus inc. (NASDAQ: PLUS) is one of 195 public companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare ePlus inc. to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, risk, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares ePlus inc. and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
ePlus inc. $1.40 billion $101.15 million 24.47
ePlus inc. Competitors $2.12 billion $374.78 million 36.68

ePlus inc.’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than ePlus inc.. ePlus inc. 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ePlus inc. 3.81% 15.95% 7.42%
ePlus inc. Competitors -19.99% -51.68% -3.80%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for ePlus inc. and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ePlus inc. 0 2 1 0 2.33
ePlus inc. Competitors 677 4369 7102 154 2.55

ePlus inc. currently has a consensus target price of $29.73, suggesting a potential downside of 68.32%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential upside of 0.26%. Given ePlus inc.’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe ePlus inc. has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

86.2% of ePlus inc. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.4% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.3% of ePlus inc. 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 hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

ePlus inc. has a beta of 1.4, indicating that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ePlus inc.’s rivals have a beta of 1.27, indicating that their average stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

ePlus inc. rivals beat ePlus inc. on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

ePlus inc. Company Profile

ePlus inc. is a holding company. The Company is engaged in the business of selling, leasing, financing and managing information technology. It operates through two segments: technology and financing. The technology segment sells information technology (IT) hardware products, third-party software and maintenance contracts, its own and third-party professional and managed services, and its software. The financing segment operations primarily consist of the financing of information technology equipment, software and related services. Both segments sell to commercial entities, state and local governments, government contractors and educational institutions. The Company is a provider of IT solutions, which enable organizations to optimize their IT environment and supply chain processes. It delivers and integrates IT products and software from various vendors, and provides private, hybrid, and public cloud solutions.

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