Head to Head Survey: IHS (IHS) & Its Competitors

IHS (NYSE: IHS) is one of 27 publicly-traded companies in the “Professional Information Services” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare IHS to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IHS 7.63% 8.19% 2.73%
IHS Competitors 6.96% 27.28% 5.01%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for IHS and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IHS 0 2 1 0 2.33
IHS Competitors 72 504 675 6 2.49

IHS currently has a consensus price target of $44.67, suggesting a potential downside of 61.90%. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies have a potential upside of 0.26%. Given IHS’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe IHS has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares IHS and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
IHS N/A N/A 32.75
IHS Competitors $3.41 billion $997.58 million 16.79

IHS’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than IHS. IHS 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.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

58.7% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 12.2% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

IHS has a beta of 0.96, indicating that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IHS’s peers have a beta of 0.99, indicating that their average stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

IHS peers beat IHS on 10 of the 11 factors compared.

IHS Company Profile

IHS Inc. develops source of information, insight and analytics in different areas of business. The Company’s segments include Resources, Transportation and Consolidated Markets & Solutions. The Company’s Resources segment includes its Energy and Chemicals product offerings. Its Transportation segment includes its Automotive; Maritime & Trade, and Aerospace, Defense & Security product offerings. Its Consolidated Markets & Solutions segment includes its Product Design; Technology, Media & Telecom, and Economics & Country Risk product offerings. It provides authoritative analysis and forecasts of sales and production for light vehicles, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, powertrain, components and technology systems across various markets. Its product design offerings include content and analysis on various engineering and technical standards, codes, reference books, journals, and other scientific and technical documents, as well as software-based engineering decision engines.

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