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

Profitability

This table compares Perficient and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Perficient 3.36% 8.05% 6.15%
Perficient Competitors -20.66% -272.84% -4.77%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

79.7% of Perficient shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.8% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of Perficient shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.9% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Perficient has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Perficient’s peers have a beta of 1.15, suggesting that their average share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Perficient and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perficient 0 0 2 0 3.00
Perficient Competitors 731 4677 7444 169 2.54

Perficient currently has a consensus target price of $21.50, suggesting a potential upside of 11.98%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential upside of 3.23%. Given Perficient’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Perficient is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Perficient and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Perficient $486.98 million $20.45 million 40.85
Perficient Competitors $2.81 billion $293.37 million 340.43

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

Summary

Perficient beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Perficient

Perficient, Inc. is an information technology and management consulting firm. The Company’s solutions include business intelligence and analytics, commerce, content management, custom applications, platform implementations, portals and collaboration, business integration and application program interfaces, management consulting, business process management, and customer relationship management, among others. It provides services to the healthcare (pharma and life sciences), financial services (banking and insurance), retail and consumer goods, automotive and transport products, electronics and computer hardware, telecommunications, manufacturing, business services, and leisure, and media and entertainment markets, among others.

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