EPIQ Systems (NASDAQ: EPIQ) is one of 181 public companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare EPIQ Systems to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.
EPIQ Systems pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. EPIQ Systems pays out -81.8% 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 39.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. EPIQ Systems is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.
84.9% of EPIQ Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.4% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by institutional investors. 10.1% of EPIQ Systems 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, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares EPIQ Systems and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|EPIQ Systems Competitors||$2.79 billion||$288.44 million||332.69|
EPIQ Systems’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than EPIQ Systems. EPIQ Systems 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.
This table compares EPIQ Systems and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|EPIQ Systems Competitors||-20.53%||-281.17%||-4.64%|
This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for EPIQ Systems and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|EPIQ Systems Competitors||748||4680||7381||170||2.54|
As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential downside of 10.37%. Given EPIQ Systems’ competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe EPIQ Systems has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.
EPIQ Systems beats its competitors on 6 of the 10 factors compared.
About EPIQ Systems
Epiq Systems, Inc. (Epiq) is a provider of professional services and integrated technology for the legal profession. The Company operates in two segments: the Technology segment (Technology), which provides eDiscovery managed services and technology solutions consisting of consulting, collections and forensics, processing, search and review, production of documents and document review services to companies and law firms, and the Bankruptcy and Settlement Administration segment (Bankruptcy and Settlement Administration), which provides managed services and technology solutions that address the needs of its customers with respect to litigation, claims and project administration, compliance matters, controlled disbursements, corporate restructuring, bankruptcy and class action proceedings. Its solutions and professional services cater to a range of client legal matters, including litigation, investigations, financial transactions and regulatory compliance, among others.
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