Head-To-Head Survey: 51job (JOBS) and Its Competitors

51job (NASDAQ: JOBS) is one of 15 public companies in the “PUBLISHING” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare 51job to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for 51job and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
51job 0 0 2 0 3.00
51job Competitors 38 205 148 11 2.33

51job presently has a consensus price target of $60.00, indicating a potential downside of 29.78%. As a group, “PUBLISHING” companies have a potential upside of 12.06%. Given 51job’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe 51job has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares 51job and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
51job $437.82 million $57.15 million 101.71
51job Competitors $1.40 billion $89.19 million 46.16

51job’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than 51job. 51job is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

41.8% of 51job shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.7% of shares of all “PUBLISHING” companies are held by institutional investors. 14.2% of shares of all “PUBLISHING” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

51job has a beta of 1.27, suggesting that its stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, 51job’s rivals have a beta of 1.25, suggesting that their average stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares 51job and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
51job 13.05% 15.72% 9.76%
51job Competitors 7.08% 12.17% 4.38%

Summary

51job beats its rivals on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About 51job

51job, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of integrated human resource services in China. The Company focuses on online recruitment advertising. The Company operates over three Websites, including www.51job.com, www.yingjiesheng.com and www.51jingying.com, which are utilized by a base of corporate employers, reach an audience of job seekers and aggregate job information from over 100 cities across China. The Company provides a range of human resource services in the categories, such as recruitment advertising services, including online recruitment services provided by its Websites, and other human resource related services, including business process outsourcing, training, campus recruitment, professional assessment tools, salary and other human resource related surveys, human resource conferences and executive search services.

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