j2 Global (NASDAQ: JCOM) is one of 47 publicly-traded companies in the “Integrated Telecommunications Services” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare j2 Global to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and profitability.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares j2 Global and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
j2 Global $874.26 million $152.43 million 27.86
j2 Global Competitors $16.60 billion $1.32 billion 8.29

j2 Global’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than j2 Global. j2 Global is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

j2 Global has a beta of 0.87, suggesting that its share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, j2 Global’s peers have a beta of 0.21, suggesting that their average share price is 79% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for j2 Global and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
j2 Global 0 1 3 0 2.75
j2 Global Competitors 592 1701 2026 66 2.36

j2 Global currently has a consensus target price of $101.75, indicating a potential upside of 35.29%. As a group, “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies have a potential upside of 71.63%. Given j2 Global’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe j2 Global has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

60.1% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.2% of j2 Global shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.0% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares j2 Global and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
j2 Global 12.60% 26.43% 11.11%
j2 Global Competitors 3.13% 0.55% 2.27%

Dividends

j2 Global pays an annual dividend of $1.58 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. j2 Global pays out 58.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.2% and pay out 417.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

j2 Global beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About j2 Global

j2 Global, Inc. is a provider of services delivered through the Internet. The Company provides cloud services to businesses of all sizes, from individuals to enterprises. The Company operates in two segments: Business Cloud Services and Digital Media. The Company’s Digital Media business segment consists of the Web properties and business operations of Ziff Davis, Inc. (Ziff Davis). The Company‚Äôs cloud services and solutions include fax, voice and unified communications, email and customer relationship management, online backup, global network and operations, and customer support services. In February 2013, it acquired IGN Entertainment, Inc. On November 9, 2012, the Company acquired Ziff Davis. Effective March 18, 2013, it acquired MetroFax Inc. In April 2013, the Company acquired Backup Connect BV.

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