FactSet Research Systems (NYSE: FDS) is one of 27 publicly-traded companies in the “Professional Information Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare FactSet Research Systems to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for FactSet Research Systems and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FactSet Research Systems 3 5 2 0 1.90
FactSet Research Systems Competitors 141 626 723 13 2.40

FactSet Research Systems presently has a consensus target price of $164.38, suggesting a potential downside of 1.66%. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies have a potential upside of 1.90%. Given FactSet Research Systems’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe FactSet Research Systems has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

FactSet Research Systems has a beta of 0.97, suggesting that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FactSet Research Systems’ competitors have a beta of 0.99, suggesting that their average stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares FactSet Research Systems and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
FactSet Research Systems $1.18 billion $414.14 million 19.55
FactSet Research Systems Competitors $3.38 billion $990.45 million 16.44

FactSet Research Systems’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than FactSet Research Systems. FactSet Research Systems is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.7% of FactSet Research Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.7% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.7% of FactSet Research Systems shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

FactSet Research Systems pays an annual dividend of $2.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. FactSet Research Systems pays out 26.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 30.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. FactSet Research Systems has increased its dividend for 11 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares FactSet Research Systems and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FactSet Research Systems 29.02% 55.72% 25.28%
FactSet Research Systems Competitors 7.26% 27.29% 5.05%

Summary

FactSet Research Systems competitors beat FactSet Research Systems on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About FactSet Research Systems

Factset Research Systems Inc. is engaged in providing integrated financial information and big data analytical applications for the global investment community. The Company’s segments include the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. The U.S. segment services finance professionals, including financial institutions throughout the Americas. The European segment maintains offices in France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, Sweden and Dubai. The Asia Pacific segment maintains office locations in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mumbai, India. The Company delivers insight and information to investment professionals through its analytics, service, content, and technology. Its offerings include a complete services solution focused on verifying, cleaning and loading portfolio data across asset classes, and an execution management system. The Company offers third-party content through desktop, wireless and off-platform solutions.

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