Contrasting NCI (NCIT) and Its Peers

NCI (NASDAQ: NCIT) is one of 183 publicly-traded companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare NCI to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends and risk.

Risk and Volatility

NCI has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NCI’s rivals have a beta of 1.13, indicating that their average stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

38.6% of NCI shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.0% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by institutional investors. 45.4% of NCI shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares NCI and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
NCI N/A N/A 47.62
NCI Competitors $2.79 billion $290.02 million 294.41

NCI’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than NCI. NCI 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 recommendations for NCI and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NCI 0 3 1 0 2.25
NCI Competitors 730 4665 7398 165 2.54

NCI currently has a consensus price target of $18.33, indicating a potential downside of 8.33%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential upside of 1.89%. Given NCI’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe NCI has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NCI 2.53% 8.07% 5.69%
NCI Competitors -20.54% -274.16% -4.63%

Summary

NCI rivals beat NCI on 7 of the 11 factors compared.

About NCI

NCI, Inc. is a provider of enterprise services and solutions to defense, intelligence, healthcare and civilian government agencies. The Company provides information technology (IT), and professional services and solutions by leveraging its core service offerings, which include cloud computing and IT infrastructure optimization; cybersecurity and information assurance; engineering and logistics support; enterprise information management and advanced analytics; health IT and medical support; IT service management; modeling, simulation, and training, and agile development and integration. The Company helps its clients to navigate the range of cloud, Everything-as-a-Service (EaaS), capacity services and virtualization options available. The Company provides its customers the full lifecycle of cybersecurity services, including policy and planning, compliance, identity and access management, training, education, awareness and enterprise security operations.

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