Analyzing Sterling Check (STER) and Its Rivals

Sterling Check (NASDAQ:STERGet Rating) is one of 147 public companies in the “Data processing & preparation” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Sterling Check to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.4% of Sterling Check shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.6% of shares of all “Data processing & preparation” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.8% of Sterling Check shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.0% of shares of all “Data processing & preparation” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Sterling Check and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Sterling Check $641.88 million -$18.53 million -299.10
Sterling Check Competitors $889.86 million $6.56 million -14.03

Sterling Check’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Sterling Check. Sterling Check is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Sterling Check and its peers, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sterling Check 0 2 6 0 2.75
Sterling Check Competitors 385 2558 4715 60 2.58

Sterling Check presently has a consensus price target of $28.63, indicating a potential upside of 36.70%. As a group, “Data processing & preparation” companies have a potential upside of 54.64%. Given Sterling Check’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Sterling Check has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.


This table compares Sterling Check and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sterling Check -0.64% 10.37% 5.30%
Sterling Check Competitors -63.44% -1,497.90% -11.38%

About Sterling Check

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Sterling Check Corp. provides technology-enabled background and identity verification services in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The company offers identity verification services, such as telecom and device verification, identification document verification, facial recognition with biometric matching, social security number verification, and live video chat identification proofing; fingerprinting; background checks, including criminal record checks, sex offender registries, civil court records, motor vehicle and driving license records, executive investigations, credit reports, social media searches, and contingent workforce solutions; liens, judgments, and bankruptcies; and sanctions, risk, and compliance checks. It also provides credential verification services, which include employment verification, education verification, credential verification, professional reference checks, and department of transportation; drug and health screening; onboarding solutions, including Sterling I-9 that integrates a suite of screening and onboarding services and onboarding forms; and workforce, medical license, and motor vehicle records monitoring solutions. The company's services are delivered through its cloud-based technology platform that empowers organizations with real-time and data-driven insights to conduct and manage their employment screening programs. It serves a client base in a range of industries, such as healthcare, gig economy, financial and business services, industrials, retail, contingent, technology, media and entertainment, transportation and logistics, hospitality, education, and government. The company was formerly known as Sterling Ultimate Parent Corp. and changed its name to Sterling Check Corp. in August 2021. Sterling Check Corp. was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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