Contrasting Guidance Software (GUID) & Its Peers

Guidance Software (NASDAQ: GUID) is one of 183 public companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Guidance Software to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, valuation, profitability and earnings.


This table compares Guidance Software and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Guidance Software -4.73% -559.09% -6.73%
Guidance Software Competitors -20.63% -275.68% -4.57%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Guidance Software and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Guidance Software 0 3 3 0 2.50
Guidance Software Competitors 735 4564 7337 163 2.54

Guidance Software currently has a consensus price target of $8.02, indicating a potential upside of 13.44%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential downside of 6.55%. Given Guidance Software’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Guidance Software is more favorable than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

51.8% of Guidance Software shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.4% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by institutional investors. 38.1% of Guidance Software shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 17.0% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Guidance Software N/A N/A -29.46
Guidance Software Competitors $2.79 billion $290.02 million 273.65

Guidance Software’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Guidance Software. Guidance Software 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.


Guidance Software rivals beat Guidance Software on 7 of the 10 factors compared.

About Guidance Software

Guidance Software, Inc. is a technology company. The Company is a provider of endpoint investigation solutions for cybersecurity analytics, security incident response, e-discovery, data privacy and forensic analysis. The Company has five segments, which include Products, Subscription, Professional services, Training and Maintenance. The Company’s Products segment includes EnCase, EnCase Endpoint Security, EnCase eDiscovery, EnCase Forensic, EnCase Portable, Premium License Support Program and hardware sales. Its Subscription segment includes subscription services for cloud-based document review and production software. Its Professional services segment performs consulting services and implementations. Its Training segment provides training classes, by which the Company trains its customers to use its software products. Its maintenance segment provides software updates, telephone and e-mail support.

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