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


This table compares S&P Global and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
S&P Global 38.78% 202.37% 18.20%
S&P Global Competitors 7.53% 28.18% 5.31%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.4% of S&P Global shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.7% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of S&P Global shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares S&P Global and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
S&P Global $5.80 billion $2.66 billion 17.75
S&P Global Competitors $3.37 billion $985.80 million 16.25

S&P Global has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. S&P Global is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently the more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

S&P Global has a beta of 1.51, suggesting that its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, S&P Global’s peers have a beta of 0.99, suggesting that their average stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.


S&P Global pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. S&P Global pays out 19.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 29.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for S&P Global and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
S&P Global 0 1 7 0 2.88
S&P Global Competitors 138 611 708 13 2.41

S&P Global presently has a consensus target price of $151.25, indicating a potential downside of 0.45%. All “Professional Information Services” companies have a potential downside of 0.88%. Given S&P Global’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe S&P Global is more favorable than its peers.


S&P Global beats its peers on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

About S&P Global

S&P Global Inc., formerly McGraw Hill Financial Inc., is a provider of ratings, benchmarks, analytics and data to the capital and commodity markets around the world. The Company operates through three segments: Ratings, which provides credit ratings, research and analytics to investors, issuers and other market participants; Market and Commodities Intelligence, which offers multi-asset-class data, research and analytical capabilities that integrate cross-asset analytics and desktop services, and deliver their customers in the commodity and energy markets access to information, data, analytic services and pricing and benchmarks, and S&P Dow Jones Indices (Indices), which is an index provider that maintains a range of valuation and index benchmarks for investment advisors, wealth managers and institutional investors. The Company’s subsidiary, CRISIL Limited (CRISIL), is a global analytical company and a provider of ratings, data and research, analytics and solutions.

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