Head-To-Head Analysis: Weight Watchers International (WTW) and Its Rivals

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

Profitability

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This table compares Weight Watchers International and its competitors’ 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%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.1% of Weight Watchers International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.0% 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, 21.1% of shares of all “OTHER CONS DISC” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Weight Watchers International and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Weight Watchers International $1.31 billion $163.51 million 27.38
Weight Watchers International Competitors $1.75 billion $88.20 million 24.99

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

Risk and Volatility

Weight Watchers International has a beta of 3.17, indicating that its stock price is 217% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Weight Watchers International’s competitors have a beta of -31.73, indicating that their average stock price is 3,273% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Weight Watchers International and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

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 3497 148 2.52

Weight Watchers International presently has a consensus price target of $72.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.01%. As a group, “OTHER CONS DISC” companies have a potential upside of 14.27%. Given Weight Watchers International’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Weight Watchers International has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

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

Weight Watchers International Company Profile

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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