Weight Watchers International (WTW) and Its Competitors Head-To-Head Review

Weight Watchers International (NYSE: WTW) is one of 120 public companies in the “OTHER CONS DISC” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Weight Watchers International to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

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This table compares Weight Watchers International and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Weight Watchers International $1.31 billion $163.51 million 26.38
Weight Watchers International Competitors $1.75 billion $91.09 million 24.49

Weight Watchers International’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Weight Watchers International. Weight Watchers International is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Weight Watchers International and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Weight Watchers International 12.52% -10.38% 9.01%
Weight Watchers International Competitors -7.86% 5.55% 2.72%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.1% of Weight Watchers International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.2% of shares of all “OTHER CONS DISC” companies are owned by institutional investors. 15.8% of Weight Watchers International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 21.4% of shares of all “OTHER CONS DISC” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Weight Watchers International has a beta of 3.17, suggesting that its stock price is 217% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Weight Watchers International’s peers have a beta of -31.74, suggesting that their average stock price is 3,274% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Weight Watchers International and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Weight Watchers International 1 0 3 0 2.50
Weight Watchers International Competitors 436 2337 3496 148 2.52

Weight Watchers International presently has a consensus price target of $72.00, suggesting a potential upside of 14.18%. As a group, “OTHER CONS DISC” companies have a potential upside of 16.16%. Given Weight Watchers International’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Weight Watchers International has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Weight Watchers International beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Weight Watchers International

Weight Watchers International, Inc. is a provider of weight management services. The Company operates globally through a network of Company-owned and franchise operations. The Company’s branded products and services include meetings conducted by its franchisees, digital weight management products provided through its Websites, mobile sites and applications, products sold at meetings, licensed products sold in retail channels and magazine subscriptions and other publications. It operates through four segments: North America, United Kingdom, Continental Europe (CE) and Other. It sells a range of products, including bars, snacks, cookbooks, food and restaurant guides with SmartPoints values, Weight Watchers magazines, SmartPoints calculators and fitness kits, and certain third-party products, such as activity-tracking monitors. It sells its products through its meetings business, online and to its franchisees. It includes a range of nutritional, activity, behavioral and lifestyle tools.

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