NetEase (NASDAQ: NTES) is one of 187 publicly-traded companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare NetEase to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and earnings.


NetEase pays an annual dividend of $3.69 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. NetEase pays out 24.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 37.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NetEase 25.34% 31.84% 21.48%
NetEase Competitors -20.37% -82.43% -4.64%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares NetEase and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
NetEase $5.50 billion $1.67 billion 23.32
NetEase Competitors $2.79 billion $290.25 million 294.38

NetEase has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. NetEase 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for NetEase and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NetEase 3 4 8 0 2.33
NetEase Competitors 725 4634 7407 166 2.54

NetEase presently has a consensus target price of $322.77, suggesting a potential downside of 7.17%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential upside of 3.35%. Given NetEase’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe NetEase has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

50.7% of NetEase shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.6% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by institutional investors. 54.7% of NetEase shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.9% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned 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.

Volatility & Risk

NetEase has a beta of 0.93, suggesting that its stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NetEase’s rivals have a beta of 1.11, suggesting that their average stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.


NetEase rivals beat NetEase on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About NetEase

NetEase, Inc. (NetEase) is a technology company. The Company operates an interactive online community in China and is a provider of Chinese language content and services through its online games, Internet media, e-mail, e-commerce and other businesses. The Company operates through three segments: Online Game Services; Advertising Services, and E-mail, E-commerce and Others. Its online games business primarily focuses on offering personal computer (PC)-client massively multi-player online role-playing games (PC-client MMORPGs), as well as mobile games to the Chinese market. The NetEase Websites provide Internet users with Chinese language online services centered over three core service categories, which include content, community and communication. Its online advertising offerings include banner advertising, direct e-mail, sponsored special events, games, contests and other activities. It offers free and fee-based premium e-mail services to its individual users and corporate users.

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