Guidance Software (GUID) versus Its Peers Head to Head Analysis

Guidance Software (NASDAQ: GUID) is one of 180 publicly-traded companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Guidance Software to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Guidance Software and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Guidance Software N/A N/A -29.46
Guidance Software Competitors $2.79 billion $290.25 million 304.16

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.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

51.8% of Guidance Software shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.1% 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 hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

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 -19.96% -257.65% -3.46%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets 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 714 4505 7235 156 2.54

Guidance Software currently has a consensus price target of $8.02, indicating a potential upside of 13.44%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential upside of 2.94%. Given Guidance Software’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Guidance Software is more favorable than its competitors.

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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