NetEase (NASDAQ: NTES) is one of 184 public companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare NetEase to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends and risk.

Dividends

NetEase pays an annual dividend of $3.63 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. NetEase pays out 24.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 37.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for NetEase and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NetEase 3 4 7 0 2.29
NetEase Competitors 737 4663 7399 173 2.54

NetEase presently has a consensus target price of $322.77, indicating a potential downside of 9.28%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential downside of 7.09%. Given NetEase’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe NetEase has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

NetEase has a beta of 0.95, meaning that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NetEase’s peers have a beta of 1.12, meaning that their average stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares NetEase and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
NetEase $5.50 billion $1.67 billion 23.80
NetEase Competitors $2.83 billion $296.50 million 327.75

NetEase has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. NetEase is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares NetEase and its peers’ 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 -20.47% -271.75% -4.72%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

50.5% of NetEase shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.0% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by institutional investors. 54.7% of NetEase shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.7% 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 stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

NetEase peers 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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