Gartner (NYSE: IT) is one of 186 publicly-traded companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Gartner to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.4% of Gartner shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.4% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.3% of Gartner shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 17.0% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Gartner and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gartner 0 3 7 0 2.70
Gartner Competitors 732 4673 7433 166 2.54

Gartner currently has a consensus price target of $131.89, indicating a potential upside of 9.26%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential upside of 2.55%. Given Gartner’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Gartner is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Gartner and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gartner -1.25% 57.60% 5.49%
Gartner Competitors -20.24% -270.77% -4.54%

Risk and Volatility

Gartner has a beta of 1.06, indicating that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gartner’s competitors have a beta of 1.13, indicating that their average stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Gartner $2.44 billion $193.58 million -355.03
Gartner Competitors $2.79 billion $289.83 million 343.15

Gartner’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Gartner. Gartner 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.

Summary

Gartner beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Gartner Company Profile

Gartner, Inc. is an information technology research and advisory company. The Company works with clients to research, analyze and interpret the business of information technology (IT), supply chain and marketing within the context of their individual roles. It operates in three segments: Research, Consulting and Events. Research segment consists of subscription-based research products, access to research inquiry, peer networking services and membership programs. Consulting segment consists of consulting, measurement engagements and strategic advisory services. Events segment consists of various symposia, conferences and exhibitions. It provides insight through reports, briefings, tools, access to its analysts, peer networking services and membership programs that enable its clients to make decisions about their IT, supply chain and digital marketing initiatives. Its consultants provide fact-based consulting services to help clients use and manage IT to optimize business performance.

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