Comparing Guidance Software (GUID) & The Competition

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

51.8% of Guidance Software shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.0% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by institutional investors. 38.1% of Guidance Software shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Guidance Software and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Guidance Software 0 3 3 0 2.50
Guidance Software Competitors 728 4659 7374 165 2.54

Guidance Software presently has a consensus target price of $8.02, indicating a potential upside of 13.44%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential upside of 2.03%. Given Guidance Software’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Guidance Software is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Guidance Software and its competitors’ 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 -20.38% -273.96% -4.52%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Guidance Software and its competitors 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 295.30

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

Guidance Software competitors 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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